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I have taken upon the mentorship of a young poultry farmer under my wing, and she is going to become Zimbabwe’s next Irvin’s Chickens By Addlyne McKenzie “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.’’ – Oprah Winfrey I meet a young lady who is in need of funding for a Poultry Project in Zimbabwe, with the capacity of approximately twenty to thirty thousand chickens. Her presentation had a couple of important elements missing, such as the financial structure (Amount, ROI, Equity, Growth etc), which the heart of a funding proposal. As I began to probe further on the costs of the slaughtering facilities, refrigeration etc, she quickly realised that she had not done her research to understand the poultry industry and the standards required to supply fast food outlets as that was the only target market she had presented. I was reminded of myself 10 years ago as I went about trying to secure funding for my first business – the Cleaning Company. “Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon” —E.M.