Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
First Harvest locally sources its ingredients, materials, and provides employment opportunities.
Our flagship products are peanut butters, and the peanuts are purchased from the local market. We also use honey as a sweetener, and it is sourced from local bee farmers in the rural market. It envisions self-contained production facilities where the ingredients produced by the farm are utilised as ingredients for common market commodities.
A chunk of its profits is continuously invested into equipment and expansion to more farms. A major advocacy of the business is also investing in Human Assets through education and training and development.
The consumer also benefits from products made from choice natural ingredients.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
First Harvest participates in empowering a community of 50 families. We have employed 12 breadwinner mothers from the farm. Our finished goods are sold by the community, where the shop also employs more people, and where profits are also reinvested into community development. First Harvest has mentored 6 business interns from Paris, Japan, and South Korea.
Envisioning a self-supporting supply chain, we have started our 2 hectare test plot in the GK Enchanted Farm.
Our mothers are involved in product development. Their children too, are all under scholarship support from the farm. First Harvest has a college scholarship program where the graduates will be mentored to become quality company managers who know the intricacies of the business so that they too can be empowered decision-makers.
Ecological safety is ensured by using natural biodegradable ingredients.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
First Harvest targets entry to four product lines, namely, dips, sauces, dressings, and spreads. This is to ensure that other agricultural produce are also used to manufacture profitable finished goods.
At the end of the year, we are eyeing a distribution outlet that is projected to deliver 10,000 unit sales, and by next year, we would have entered major retail stores in the country.
In five years, First Harvest would have empowered at least 10,000 people from 25 communities comprising at least 100 families. It will export its products to help address global food insecurity.