It’s seriously hard to imagine what any of the world’s richest people would do if they fell on extremely hard times.
Take Bill Gates for example. He is currently worth $75 (£61.4) billion, making him by far the richest man in the world.
He’s so minted in fact that he could technically afford to give every single person that’s currently living on the extreme poverty line almost $100 (£82) each, which lets face it is just fucking insane.
But what if he found himself in their situation? What would he do if he was living on $2 (£1.64) a day? His is answer is simple, he’d raise chickens.
In a blog post, he said:
There’s no single right answer, of course, and poverty looks different in different places. But through my work with the foundation, I’ve met many people in poor countries who raise chickens, and I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of owning these birds. It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens.
So why chickens I hear you ask? Well, first off he said they’re really cheap to buy and easy to take care of.
Second, they’re a good investment which can lead you to generate a serious income and help people take up more entrepreneurial roles in their communities.
And most obvious of all is that they can provide you with a valuable source of nutrition.
Their goal is to help 30 per cent of families in sub-Saharan Africa to raise chickens, up from 5 per cent today.
Business Insider reports that Gates undertook research in West Africa, finding that during a three month period that a typical owner of roughly eight to 10 chicken could yield a flock of 40 chicks.
Once you sell a chicken for $5 (£4.09), which is apparently the average in West Africa, the owner could then rake in roughly $1,000 (£818) a year. That’s $300 (£245) above the extreme poverty line.
Lets be honest, he’d never ever have to slum it out- but you really can’t knock the work he’s doing to help those people who need it most.