Jacktone Ambole has proven that success can be found in unexpected places.
Having left a lucrative job in the United States, Ambole, a 29-year-old Kenyan, forged a path to prosperity through full-time farming in his homeland.
Ambole’s journey began with a solid educational foundation—a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Moi University in Kenya.
Fueled by ambition, he moved to the US in 2014 to pursue further studies, securing a scholarship that opened the doors to a promising career.
After completing his studies, he landed a position with a non-profit organization, enjoying the financial rewards that came with it.
However, Ambole’s entrepreneurial spirit and love for agriculture led him to make a life-altering decision.
In 2017, he ventured into Kenyan politics, contesting the Mwibona Ward MCA seat in the elections.
Despite investing a significant portion of his savings in the campaign, Ambole faced defeat, leaving him nearly bankrupt.
Undeterred, he pivoted towards his original goal—farming.
The turning point came when he crossed paths with Peter Ndeche, a poultry farmer from Siaya, who provided training on commercial poultry farming.
With an initial investment of Sh20,000, Ambole started his poultry venture with 50 improved Kienyeji chicks.
Recognizing the local demand, he strategically supplied poultry for events like weddings and funerals, turning a profit and reinvesting it into his burgeoning business.
Ambole’s approach was marked by strategic thinking and adaptability.
He diversified his offerings, selling both chicken meat and eggs.
By the end of 2018, he had saved enough to acquire an incubator with a hatching capacity of 528 eggs, expanding his poultry operations.
Community involvement played a pivotal role in Ambole’s success. He formed self-help groups, providing training to aspiring farmers. These groups not only became successful poultry farmers in their right but also supplied Ambole with eggs for hatching, creating a symbiotic relationship that fueled mutual growth.
The story doesn’t end with poultry farming. Ambole’s success empowered him to acquire a two-acre parcel of land, where he cultivates a variety of crops, including tissue culture bananas, kales, black nightshade, and beans. Employing sustainable practices, he uses poultry waste as fertilizer, showcasing a holistic approach to agriculture.
Always the entrepreneur, Ambole expanded his operations to include rabbit farming, offering various breeds for sale.
From selling rabbits for meat and breeding to venturing into rabbit meat processing, he diversified his income streams, creating a resilient and multifaceted agricultural enterprise.
As of the latest update, Ambole oversees a thriving farm with 1,700 birds, 215 rabbits, 15 pigs, three dairy cows, and two and a half acres under bananas and passion fruits.