A growing interest from consumers in knowing where their food comes from, how it is produced, and who is producing it, inspired serial agripreneur Mavis Nduchwa, founder of Chabana Farms, to create a solution. Today, her endeavours in agribusiness are making a real difference to people and lives all along the value chain.
What does your company do?
We are an agriculture company that works with farmers, from idea stage through to products and markets. We started as farmers and realized that there was a challenge of livestock feeds in the country, and that was the inspiration for venturing into that particular field of business. We also have social projects such as our poultry and piggery business. We launched Chabana Investment Fund, the part of our business where we provide startup capital to women to invest into cash crops such as our chilli growing project. We then buy this chilli from them, process, package, brand and supply it to the market. This improves the livelihoods of these women farmers, creating a means to addressing sustainable economic empowerment. It also contributes to the decline in gender based violence, as well as contributing to the reduction in world hunger and poverty.
What inspired you to start your company?
What inspired me to start this business were the challenges people in my community went through, especially women, as most of them were raising kids as single parents. I had to do something to break the cycle of poverty and gender based violence.
Why should anyone use your service or product?
All our products are organic and contain no chemicals. All crops are organically grown by our small scale farmers. That’s why at Chabana Farms the farmers own the company not the other way round. Through purchasing our products you can be able to know how they were produced and by which farmers.
Tell us a little about your team
We have a small team, however it is the winning team. Mavis Nduchwa is the CEO and founder, she is an advocate for change in the community. Growing up on a farm herself she is the best person to lead the team. Brighton Chabana is the engine behind it all as the Operations manager. And our public relations and marketing is Gaone Mogae.
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