Nezisa Sogoni Poultry Farm
Nezisa Sogoni left her well-paying job to start a chicken business in 2018. The 30-year-old from Butterworth in the Eastern Cape holds a degree in information technology from the London School of Business. Nezisa Sogoni Poultry Farm, a childhood dream, now sells eggs, meat and crops, as well as potatoes, spinach and cabbage. “I always wanted a business … to uplift my community and provide employment and food security,” Songoni says. She says running a farm is labour-intensive and involves disinfecting poultry bourses, raising poultry to produce eggs and meat, preparing the soil to plant crops and many other activities. Add to that the challenges such as irregular supply of qualifiable chicks and the constant threat to farm produce courtesy of rats and ants. “Success is not a comfortable thing to attempt. At the end of the day, it’s not about how you start but how you keep going,” Sogoni concludes.