Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Mulunga is an emerging entrepreneur and owner of National Poultry Enterprise (NPE), a business that supplies day-old chickens, poultry equipment, and provides technical advice to small and middle scale poultry farmers around in and around Namibia.
To date, Mulunga has trained over 300 small-scale farmers in Namibia and has so far assisted 20 farmers into creating their own sustainable poultry enterprises.
Mulunga is also the founder of Kasie Adventures, a tour operating enterprise that takes tourists on township tours to create employment and generate income for the organisation.
He started poultry farming when he was in university. After reading on farming at the library, he realised that he had more questions about the industry than answers and decided to enrol for a short course at the KwaZulu Natal Poultry Institute. He later did an extensive course at the Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture in Cairo.
Upon his return to Namibia, he saw that there was a need for poultry equipment and supply of day-old chicks in the market and through the NPE, he bridged the gaps.
Word soon spread about the success of his enterprise and he began receiving calls from other farmers requesting training. He was inspired to help when it came to his attention that many small-scale farmers were losing their day-old chicks due to poor brooding methods. He subsequently came up with an innovative idea to brood in tents, which has proven a major success.
In 2006, when he was 17, Mulunga started participating in youth development work after joining the Young Achievers Empowerment Project (YAEP), a youth-led organisation in Katutura that motivates young people to bring about positive change in their communities.
Through the organization, he was able to lead and organize youth development programs such as the Katutura Career Fair (a career fair in the township that brings together about 200 pupils to learn about various careers) which is something young people rarely experience.
Malunga has come a long way and has accolades to prove it. In 2015, Mulunga was entered into the Namibia Business Hall of Fame, which is a remarkable achievement for emerging entrepreneurs.
In 2014, he received a Social Entrepreneurs Award from Makerere University’s Business School for his outstanding role in a project he co-founded.
In 2007, he won the second Young Community Shapers Price, which awards outstanding young people who have made a change in their communities. In 2008, he won the first prize at the Polytechnic of Namibia's Business Plan competition.
In 2009 he was selected as one of the Ubuntu International Youth Awards' Jury Members (UIYAJ), an event that brought five young people from Africa and five from Europe to judge projects in Africa.
Mulunga has also represented his country at a number of international platforms including an invitation from the-then US President Barak Obama’s Forum with Young African Leaders in Washington DC, the International Conference on Population and Development in Bali, Indonesia and a Google conference in London.
He strongly believes that young people have a vital role to play in the development of the African continent, starting with food production, because in the age of technology no one person on the African continent should go hungry because the new generation of young people can make use of the latest available technology to increase food production to ensure that food reaches all those in need.
His vision is to make an impact in the lives of rural families through poultry farming. For youth development, he aspires to grow the organisation to reach all corners of Namibia to improve the livelihoods of young people in Namibia.