DLG Naturals works with many wonderful people in Africa. One is Nyarai Kurebgaseka from Zimbabwe. We are delighted to know that she is a recent recipient of a prestigious award. We congratulate her!
Here is the article from Phytotrade.com (http://url.ie/zl2f) noting the award:
The third edition of the Zimbabwean National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Women in Enterprise Conference and Awards event took place in September 2015 with the theme being ‘Promoting sustainable business and value addition for profitable agri-business’.
The award recognises women in business, and specifically SMEs which have shown great potential for growth. Nominations are made by members of ZNCC and assessments are based on criteria such as contribution towards empowering women, innovative business ideas, business growth and visibility.
It is with great pleasure that PhytoTrade Africa congratulates Nyarai Kurebgaseka of Speciality Foods of Africa (SFA) on receiving the 2015 award. SFA have been a member of PhytoTrade since 2002, where the female led company has marketed natural products harvested by rural communities in Zimbabwe for the local, regional and export markets.
Ms Kurebgaseka commented that ‘it is very rewarding and encouraging for both myself and SFA to receive this prestigious award. It means someone has noticed our contributions and appreciates the efforts being made to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor, as well as to elevate the status of natural products in Zimbabwe in the way we do’.
Looking ahead, Ms Kurebgaseka hopes that this award will not only raise the profile of SFA, but that it will have a direct impact on the demand for the products. Consumer ready items such as Baobab fruit powder, herbal teas and cosmetic oils are available under two SFA associated brands; Tulimara and Yobab. The products of these brands can currently be found in the main supermarket chains of Zimbabwe.
(Speciality Foods of Africa is a Zimbabwean company working to sustainably commercialize indigenous natural resources, by engaging rural communities in the harvesting and preprocessing of indigenous products. This provides alternative income for rural producers while encouraging conservation of their natural resources.)