Mali! A name, which takes us back to Muleba, a village in northwest Tanzania. It takes us to an agricultural project started in 1997 with the aid of the Belgian NGO TRIAS.
Mali actively focused on agricultural education for groups of farmers and processing fruit into delicious and healthy fruit juice. Thousands of farming families benefited. They started harvesting more, their diet became more varied and many saw their income more than doubled. The extra income they earned was used for the bare necessities of life: buying food, sending children to school and taking them to the doctor if needed.
We're past the "agricultural project" phase now. A lot was achieved. Right now we are facing the challenge of becoming self-sufficient. Quite a challenge as Mali is situated in one of the poorest regions of Tanzania. Apart from the usual factory expenses such as wages, Mali also aims at providing welfare for its employees. Giving them some of "our" social security if you like. And it's a point of honour to invite the poorest farmers to become our fruit suppliers so we can provide them with an extra income.
To give our Tanzanian friends a helping hand with this, a solidarity group was founded in 2008.