For Kenyan farmer and philanthropist
KenyaGAP passion fruits open EU markets
Kenyan Ephantus Mwangi and his wife Pauline dedicated their lives to helping pregnant teens and young mothers & babies, all from their rescue home outside Kitale town.
During a visit to the Netherlands the couple realised that while this small north European country is only the size of Central Kenya, it's a major food exporter, known for its advanced agriculture. With this in mind, they sought to marry agriculture and mentoring young people in their hometown of Kitale. They started an agribusiness -on just 2 hectares- to sustain the home with 40 girls and helping them return to school.
Now his farm produces passion fruit and watermelons that he exports to the European Union. They harvest 100 kg’s of passion fruit every week, sort and pack them and export them to the EU.
To be certified to export to the EU, a KenyaGAP certificate is required from the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK). The process of acquiring this is expensive, tedious and can involve a lot of waiting and repetition. For Mwangi, it was worth it.
The-star.co.ke reports how the income from the fruit sales has sustained his rescue home and transformed the lives of mothers and babies. The girls go back to school and Mwangi pays their fees, thanks to his passion fruit and watermelons.
Publication date: 2/20/2018
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