Hello and welcome to a new Blogpost.
This time of the year, when you walk through Basel and you don`t really know if it is already spring, summer or if winter is still waiting for you to put your winter coat back in the basement, so it can surprise you with a heavy snowfall, I am really longing for some lasting taste of sunshine.
Honestly, is there a better way to introduce Nyanja`s dried mangos and bananas?
So you might think what is so special about some dried fruits, well there is a lot to talk/write about it. If you are interested keep reading. I went to the Muba Basel (fair, where they sell a lot of different things, most of the time they used the Muba to introduce some new products to the people, but because of the internet and the descending selling figures this year was the last year.)
Sorry for the long curve.
I was at this fair and I bumped into Jonathan Litscher, the founder of this Project. He just told me to try some of this amazing dried mangos and it was just delicious. A mouthful of sunshine as I would describe it. And then he told me about this Project, which I just had to support buying a sachet.
What is the Project about?
In Mozambique the people in the villages, do not have the possibility to sell their fruits at the local market, the streets are in a very bad condition and by the time they would arrive at the bigger cities their fruits, would be rotten. Jonathan saw a lot of lost potential and also food wasting away in the fields and the gardens of those farmers. Most of the farmers did not have an income, they just harvested for their own needs but didn`t have any money to buy other things or to pay for the education of their children.
The key was to make the fruits last long enough, so they wouldn`t turn bad. Drying them appeared to be a good method to keep them fresh and seal this amazing taste of organic, untouched, wild grown mangos. The farmers are paid fairly as though they would sell them for a good price at a market, without a lot of middlemen. They now can afford what they need to cover their basic needs. For example they don`t need to sleep on the floor anymore they have mattresses and can cover their roof with a steel sheet for the rainy season, instead of sleeping under a leaking thatched roof.
By honering his crew of 250 farmers, with pictures of them on the individual sachets, Jonathan tries to build a bridge between the people and of course raising awareness for the work and lifes behind the products.
The project is one of a kind and shows that one can make business without exploiting nature and the farmers but worshiping the work behind the product and building new opportunities for those who can`t do it on their own.
For my part I am Nyanja, what do you think about it?
Here is the Website if you want to know a little more, or try a sachet 😀