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Sweet & Dried Enterprises Limited
Sweet and Dried Enterprises Ltd (S&D) is a woman-led company incorporated in 2014 and based in Tharaka-Nithi County. It specializes in the processing of dried fruits and vegetables at both the retail and bulk level.
Immense post-harvest losses of fruits, vegetables and root crops experienced by small scale farmers in Tharaka Nithi has led to increased food insecurity and poverty levels. Ensuring foodand nutrition security in Kenya is, therefore, a critical challenge. In an effort to bridge the gap between production and marketing, S&D has developed an innovative approach and unique model that focuses on adding value to agro-produce through solar drying of fruits and vegetables.
S&D currently produces and sells dried Mango (mango flakes) and mango flour. Dried fruits are sold in 30 and 100-gram packages. Bulk items for all products are sold in 5 or 10 kg amounts. All products are processed and packaged to HACCP international standards for food safety and food security. Products also meet standardization criteria as set by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
Traction to Date
S&D’s accomplishments include: The expansion of the manufacturing building from 100 square feet to 1,000 square feet, accessing international markets, generating annual income of KES. 5,000,000 as at the end of year 2017, and acquiring HACCP training and documentation to meet international food safety standards.
SWEET N’ DRIED STORY
S&N is more than a business. Through this enterprise, Mercy has been able to attend college, and employ at least 20 women from her community. She has created a source network of over 400 small holder farmers, who supply her with fresh mangoes for her enterprise. Mercy’s enterprise has won several awards including the NETFUND 2015 Green Innovations Award, the 2013 Enablis Business Plan Award and the 2011 Top Young Entrepreneur.