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Entrepreneurs from chicken farms in Kankabchen, Yucatan receive assistance from NGOs

by Sofia Navarro
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A group of women entrepreneurs from the town of Kankabchen, José María Morelos, known as “Kikibá,” arrived in the municipality of Valladolid, Yucatán, to receive training in cage-free laying hen production with the help of the NGO Heifer International, reported Zuemi Arely Ku Cimé.

The businesswomen from this town aim to establish this poultry project so that they can directly supply businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and stores in the northern area of Quintana Roo, taking advantage of the significant economic opportunities in the area and generating income for their families.

The administrator of the group of women entrepreneurs called “Kikibá,” Zuemi Arely Ku Cimé, stated that they started the training courses with advisors from Heifer International with 50 birds. They have established a chain system among themselves for entrepreneurship. Later on, the members assess whether they can increase the flock size based on their laying hen production.

The “Kikibá” group consists of 10 women who work with cage-free and stress-free hens. She recalled that the group of workers initially started with the name “La Pollita Feliz” (The Happy Little Hen). As they began to have production, they sought a market, which led them to form a collective with other nearby communities in the municipality of José María Morelos.

Zuemi Arely Ku emphasized that “Kikibá” (meaning rich and delicious in Mayan) is the brand name they have for the eggs they sell. That’s why they went to Yucatán to continue their training on how to increase their hen production for egg sales.

“We are a group of 10 women, each with 50 hens. We are looking for customers. When we realized that we couldn’t sell all the eggs in the community, although we could consume them, we had to take them to Bacalar,” she said.

Zuemi Arely Ku mentioned that the price of eggs increased due to rising raw material costs.

Regarding the increase in the price of this essential product, the administrator mentioned that they were affected by issues such as inflation and avian flu. They had planned to renew their flock in January, as they had already done in December. However, to ensure they don’t run out of production, they were considering renewing.

As of the present date, Zuemi Arely Ku stated that in the group from the community of Kankabchen, they sell each egg for 3.50 pesos, while in Bacalar, they sell each egg for 4.66 pesos.

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