Next to our house, on the west side, is a low stone building about four metres square.  (If you go to the “Home at St Agnes” page on our web site, you can see it in the satellite photo.)  It was built a while ago when the local Boys’ Brigade decided to make money by breeding rabbits and selling them.

When we visited last July, I asked what had become of the project and was told that it had stopped because the rabbits were eating all the profit!  Well, the boys are going to try it again, and you can follow their progress here on the Rabbit Blog.

They have come up with a Business Plan.  They are going to buy four rabbits – three female and one male – at R50 each.  They plan to run the project for six to seven months and hope that, in that time, each female will have six babies, which they can sell for R35 each.  They estimate they will get through five bags of food, costing R35 each.  So, for an outlay of R375 they hope to bring in R630, giving them a profit of R255.  (At R14 to £1, that’s a profit of around £18.)

The credit crunch reached Lesotho long before the UK – it is part of life here – so we are giving them a loan to get them going, which they have promised to pay back out of their profits.  Below you see a picture of the seven lads who came to collect the money, against the wall of the rabbit “hutch”.

before-the-rabbits

We started them off with R250 – enough to get a rabbit starter kit of four rabbits and a bag of food.

Let’s wish them success.