Thriving Livestock Trade Empowers Baidoa Graduates to Generate Income

Abdullahi Sharif caught Mohamed Kheyr and his partner taking care of some livestock.

In Baidoa, Somalia, a group of 30 educated men have found success by purchasing underweight animals and selling them for a profit after fattening them up.

Leading the Wadajir association is Mohamed Kheyr, a graduate in agriculture who struggled to find a job after completing his studies in 2022.

Pooling their resources, the men invested $1,000 to kickstart their business, resulting in a $4,000 profit in the first three months.

They purchase lean goats for $20-$30 each, fatten them up, and sell them for $50-$80, allowing Mohamed Kheyr to provide for his family and send his children to school.

The members, many of whom are recent university graduates, were forced to turn to entrepreneurship due to a lack of job opportunities.

In addition to goats, they have expanded to camels, producing and selling milk, saving a portion of their income to reinvest into the business.

Mohamed earns about $180 a month, supporting his large family and saving to purchase a home to escape high rental costs.

Previously reliant on relatives for income, Mohamed now devotes his time to caring for the livestock and furthering his knowledge through training courses.

He oversees the health and feeding of the animals, ensuring they receive proper care and nutrition on their farm.

His colleague, Adan Ali Adan, is responsible for purchasing animals from markets, earning $200 a month to provide for his family and support his children’s education.

Both Mohamed and Adan credit their livestock business for improving their lives and allowing them to achieve financial stability.

Thanks to their hard work and dedication, they have transitioned from struggling to thriving, securing a better future for themselves and their families.

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