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Uganda - Africa

Solar Powered Chicken Incubators

23 solar powered chicken egg incubators will bring micro-business and affordable chickens and table eggs to Uganda's rural population

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Solar Powered Chicken Incubators
Uganda Africa
1,677,000 DKK
Agro Business Development (ABD)
May 2015 Ongoing

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION partnered with Agro Business Development in 2015 to offer rural Ugandans a loan to buy a solar powered chicken egg incubator dubbed ‘SunChick’. The SunChick offers people in areas without electricity a solar powered, simple and efficient way of significantly increasing the number of eggs that turn into chicks. Chicks that grow up to become food or an income – or both. And that’s just the beginning.

A good business for entrepreneurs 
The idea is that farmers obtain loans (in groups or alone) to buy the chicken incubator, which can increase their income.
Through sales of eggs and chicken (broilers) produced by the incubator, it is expected to ‘break even’ in year five. Once broken even, a table egg producer can earn USD 1,550 and a chicken producer USD  1,060 annually from the incubator. 

Loans and grant investment
BESTSELLER FOUNDATION invests in the solar powered incubator initiative through a loan and a grant.
The loan will be disbursed to a bank which will then provide loans to individuals or groups to buy the incubators.
The grant will cover training of 720 farmers and project management related to the incubators.

Improved food security
Chicken eggs and meat are the two most important sources of protein in the rural areas. 

Increased production and consumption will therefore have a positive impact on household food security and income achieved from sales.

More eggs and chickens – more jobs
Introducing 23 incubators to the rural area will not only increase the poultry production, and improve local food security, it will also increase the demand for maize and soy (chicken fodder), which means more production, more jobs, sales and income for farmers. 

It is expected that each incubator directly or indirectly will create up to 30 jobs. 


  • Optimise poultry production in rural areas and reduce prices on poultry
  • Improve food security and provide varied diet for rural population


  • Stimulate small scale poultry businesses in the rural areas
  • Increase income and social economic benefits among small scale farmers

Uganda - Africa

Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa.

It is bordered by Kenya to the east, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Dem. Republic of  Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania, situating the country in the African Great Lakes region. 

The official languages are Swahili and English. Luganda is also widely spoken across the country.