Do you slaughter and skin your chickens?
A group of young women age 18-25 have decided to render their services through the killing and skinning of chickens. This activity is carried out in the food market in Bamenda. When you buy your chickens these women help in slaughtering and skinning of the chicken for just a token of 300frances per chicken. They have volunteer for the contribution and growth of our economy by offering their selfless services to other women while promoting the chicken business.
The rate of consumption of chickens in most communities today is very high.Most at times we consume the chicken from our homes, restaurants and occasions without bothering to knowing how and who is involved in the processing of the chickens to our tables. Many women are faced daily with the oddly of killing, skinning and cutting of the chickens into the desired shapes. Most women preferred the men to help them in kitchens with the slaughtering and skinning of the chicken When they want to prepare their chickens. In the old, in some traditions it was a taboo seeing a woman killing a chicken. The slaughtering and skinning of chickens was believed to be a man’s job.It was strongly believed that when the men assisted their wives in the kitchens, this fostered love,solidarity and family harmony. But today things have changed and most women are concerned and involved in the killing and cooking processing of chickens without the men. The killing, skinning and cutting of the chickens into shapes may sound easy. But so far we know that the process of preparation either by roasting or dipping in hot water, brushing off the feathers and chopping of the chicken into pieces is not an easy task for most women.
Nchang and Bih are two Cameroonian girls who are struggling with the challenges of unemployment to feed their families daily in the mist of other young girl’s from the ages 18-25years. Nchang is i8 years old from Eshimbi village, married to a taxis driver and a mother of two girls. While Bih is 23years old from Bafut, married to a business man and she has three boys. They say, they have being in this business for one year and testify that it’s a profitable business. They confirmed that they make a maximum profit 10000-14000 FRS during festive periods. The young girls said they have a profit of 2000 FRS per week after playing their Njanji and daily saving contributions.They have decided to render their services through the killing or skinning of chickens. This activity is carried alongside with other women who sell the chickens in the food market in Bamenda. When you buy your chickens the women have girls with whom they work as collaborators when it comes to the processing of the chickens to our pots. The young girls love their jobs and are readily available for a token of 300frances per chickens. They volunteer their time for the contribution and growth of our economy by offering their selfless services to other women while promoting the chicken business.
The devotion of Nchang and Bih has earned them with many customers. The profit made may be small but to a greater extend their lives and families have been touched and transformed Many unemployed women and girls could be encouraged to join this business if developed by the government of Cameroon.The Councils could provide a slaughtering houses and enough space for the chickens in the markets. They could also provide chicken plucking machines which will go long way to foster this industry and serve more women and time in the preparation chicken.
“Little drops of water may makes an ocean.if We act together and learn from each other to engage with the shaping and empowerment of lives of women and girls”