Chicken Empowers Women in Developing Countries


Melinda Gates, wife of philanthropist and wealthiest man in the world Bill Gates, views chicken as the most profitable animal in developing countries.

Chicken is actually known in international development circles as “the ATM of the poor” because it is easy to sell.

Melinda believes chicken can also empower women in remote areas as it gives them a chance to get extra income for their family. That’s why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working with Indian organization called Pradan to help women raise chickens.

There is an interesting statistic behind Melinda’s drive to empower women in poor communities. According to her, when a woman is in control of the family’s income, her children are 20 percent more likely to live past the age of five.

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