Wamu is a family-owned business operating in Kenya that exports french beans, sugar snaps and snow peas as well as niche products such as passion fruit and chili to the European market. Wamu has a very strong out-grower management and works with over 800 smallholder farmers. The company also sources produce from its own farms and is planning to expand its farming operations and enter new product lines and locations. In addition, Wamu employs about 150 pack house workers, mostly women, to sort, assemble and pack the final export products.
In 2014 GBF committed a investment to support the company’s upgrade of its existing farms as well as the purchase and development of a new farm.
GBF BAS & WAMU:
GBF is providing Wamu with Business Advisory services aimed at improving financial and operations management as well as strategy formulation and succession planning.Financial Management: Increase visibility into operations in order to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and boost profitability Operations: New farm manager training, technical assistance and support from horticultural expert Corporate Governance: Regular reviews of strategy, budget and projections Environmental & Social (E&S): Conduct E&S review to identify potential risks in supply chain
- Wamu sources from 720+ small out-growers and 80 middle-size farmers employing up to 10 farm workers each
- Wamu also employs 70-120 women for packaging with no previous work experience
- Last year, Wamu reached 2,296 dependents supported and generated an estimated annual income of $866,000
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