Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?
CNN GLOBAL FEATURE ON THE AFRICAN START UP PROGRAM
Stawi was featured to a global audience on CNN as a promising company that is impacting smallholder farmers in Kenya and creating jobs for youth. This has brought Stawi many business leads.
TOP 30 UNDER 30: AFRICA’S BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, FORBES AFRICA, FEBRUARY 2013
Stawi founder and CEO, Eric Muthomi was honored in February 2014 by Forbes Africa Magazine as a Top 30 under 30 entrepreneur who is making a great impact across Africa.
NATIONAL WINNER IN NATURE CHALLENGE AFRICA, WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE, DECEMBER 2011, NAIROBI, KENYA
Recognition was received for positive environmental impact of Stawi Foods and its potential to create employment opportunities for Kenyans while reducing post-harvest losses.
NATIONAL WINNER OF JITIHADA (TWO) NATIONAL BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 2012, KENYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, JUNE 2012, NAIROBI, KENYA
Stawi Foods won this award because it had enriched several banana farmers in rural Kenya whose abundant produce would otherwise have gone to waste or sold at a throw-away price to brokers. The business idea of turning bananas into flour was unique as it incorporates value addition, commercial viability because of its scalability, food security promotion, employment provision to Kenyans and markets for surplus agricultural produce.
WINNER IN THE ENABLIS BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 2011, BY ENABLIS EAST AFRICA, OCTOBER 2011, NAIROBI, KENYA
Stawi was the top winner in the agro-processing category in the competition because the business idea for turning bananas into flour would improve food security, reduce post-harvest losses, create incomes for farmers, create jobs, and support Kenya in achieving Vision 2030
Where have you learnt about the competition?
Tell us about your partnerships:
We are working on a PPP with the county Government of Kirinyaga to buy from 2400 banana farmers from January 2015.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
A major challenge is raising finance for the project. We are making applications to lending organizations for funding. We are structuring a PPP with a county government to secure raw materials on contracts with farmers since we have a challenge of getting enough raw materials.