Mbuso Barnabas Dludlu is the proud owner of Happy Poultry Enterprise.

The business was established in 2020. He aimed to produce premium-grade chicks that would be supplied nationwide. His business is located in Mpuluzi in the Lundzi chiefdom. Dludlu says this is an ideal location for livestock production.

The business deals with selling indigenous chicks at E15.00 and E6.00 per fertilized egg but specializes in the Koekoek, a breed he says is good for the commercialization of indigenous chickens as it reaches sexual maturity at 130 days.

Responding to how much he used to start this business, Dludlu revealed that he used an amount to the tune of E35 000.00 to purchase breeding stock comprising of 86 hens and 23 corks.

” I also invested E10 000 on a 192 eggs capacity sure hatch incubator,” he said. Mbuso revealed that he makes no less than E15,000 worth of monthly sales.

Every business owner needs to create a market, and this vibrant business owner revealed that her targets both the formal and informal sectors to maximize on profits. “I sell to the formal and informal market and my main customers are poultry growers who supply restaurants with indigenous chickens, individuals with small incubators and source fertilized eggs as well poultry farmers increasing their flocks. For those who buy day-old chicks, I give them free coaching and mentoring.”

Mbuso is a proud Junior Achievement Eswatini member. He shared how he caught wind of the existence of JAE through advice from a friend. “Londiwe, one of my friends, shared a post made by Junior Achievement on Facebook and told me about the good work Junior Achievement is doing in creating young entrepreneurs. I did not hesitate and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”

Entrepreneurship creates financial freedom for young people in the country and Mbuso shares, “I’m now able to pay my bills and and take care of my family. I am living the life I have been dreaming of through self-employment.”

Quantifying his business success since the beginning of his trade, Mbuso has managed to sell over 4000 chicks and over 7,500 fertilized eggs. Even business owners have someone they look up to in business. Mbuso’s business mentor as such is Melo Chicks in South Africa. “I look up to him as he is very successful in the poultry industry and I have also been trained by him in running a hatchery master class,’Dluldu added.

No business comes without challenges. Mbuso raised that his main challenge in the course of running his business has been the loss of birds through unforeseen deaths as well as shortage of funds to buy incubator to hatch eggs. “I have overcome those challenges by attending trainings and serminals in the poultry business and also get assistant from youth fund and junior achievement to buy incubator and breeding stock.”

In a quest to improve his business skills Mbuso continues to participate in educational workshops. “In October last year I enroll for the Small Enterprise Development Company entrepreneurship course because I have a plan to rent a space at Small Enterprise Development Company Mbabane CBD to make it my collection point and also sell poultry equipment, medication and feed. I also plan to buy a 5700-capacity incubator.”

Sharing advice with peers who also would like to follow his example and start businesses of their own, “What I can say to other young people is to stop looking for jobs that are no longer easy to find as the late Dr Myles Munroe used to say but focus on becoming a person of value. Instead of looking for a job look for a problem and solve it because every problem is a business.”

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