Using Small-Scale Industry to Add Value

Location: Zambia

Due to a lack of knowledge, lack of funds and lack of energy, many smallholder farmers are only able to sell raw materials in the form of grains, fruits, and vegetables. They are unable to complete any form of processing that adds value to their product. In the next stage of our project, Tevel aims to help the smallholder farmers in Mphande initiate small-scale industries, cooperatively owned and operated, in order to increase income and provide employment. Tevel uses solar energy technology, micro-credit funds, and the formation of cooperatives to help create and finance small-scale industries which can add value to farmers’ crops so they can sell them for a higher price.

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