Uzima Chicken is a poultry company that has started its operations in Rwanda in 2017, taking over the former Rubilizi National Hatchery, and expanded into Uganda, Burundi and Kenya . Uzima Chicken plans to transform the poultry industry in East Africa by reaching out to smallholder farmers with a robust bird called SASSO that thrive in the local, rural conditions and is 4 times more productive compared to the local chickens.

Our speciality

Uzima Chicken is committed to delivering high quality poultry products (day old chicks and feed) to rural smallholder farmers in East Africa who have been underserved by the traditional poultry industry. Through our breed, smallholder farmers and their families can diversify their income, build income resilience, consume more animal protein, and battle malnutrition. Our business model also supports a diverse set of women and youth entrepreneurs, who can use a small amount of space and working capital in order to build a prosperous poultry business.

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To make smallholder farmers healthier and wealthier.


Our vision is to achieve one chicken per household per year within 5 years and one chicken per person per year within 10 years in our operational countries.

Our Values

The customer always comes first

We put the customer at the center of our decisions and actions.

Discipline and Accountability

We do what we say we are going to do and keep our commitments to each other.

Our purpose drives us

We are driven by a deep sense of purpose.

Strive for Excellence, Reject “Good Enough”

We strive to be the best in the world in everything we do.

Think like an owner

We run it like we own it.

Best Ideas win

We debate openly with vigour and allow the best idea to win.