Lesson on value addition from ZanzibarSep 26, 2017
Haturudi Nyuma (Never Go Back) Co-operative group is one of the success stories proving that a community affected by climate change can still bounce back through adaptation by making best use of resources at their disposal to earn a living. This group is based at Kibubunzi Village, Mihogoni Ward in Micheweni, Pemba.
The group’s Deputy Secretary, Mr.Juma Hamad Abdallah, said they chose this name because it reflects their commitments and determination that no matter how many difficulties they are faced with, they would fight endlessly and they get through.
This group, which has been in existence for the past five years, started out with farming activities before moving into food processing later on. Currently, one of the group’s best products from food processing is dried mango crisp. The interests and motivation towards food processing was galvanized by the Juakali exhibition in Kenya that group members attended for networking and learning. During the exhibition representatives from supermarkets that sampled their mango chips were so impressed by mango chips from Haturudi Nyuma and placed orders right way amounting to a 1,360-cubic feet (39m) container.
Part of the secret for success of this product is an impression of a product processed and packaged by a high-tech factory prepared in one of the modern cities and town a high-tech factory in one of the cities or towns has been used to package. Drawing from this success, the group has moved on to doing business effectively and with innovation.
The group’s secretary, Mr. Dadi Hamad Dadi, shared the history behind success of their group dating - five years ago when it was formed and started growing eggplants, onions, watermelons, tomatoes and amaranth greens. He explained,
We tried all these to determine our capacity to grow each, considering their requirements. We also wanted to find out their marketability. We realized that tomatoes, eggplants and watermelons are more marketable. Onions are also marketable, but difficult to grow.
Back then, the group-practiced irrigation but it was tedious because they had to carry water buckets from a nearby river. However, in April 2015, the group became one of the beneficiaries of irrigation scheme under the UNDP-funded project.
The project supported the irrigation scheme as part of the strategy to help communities adapt to the drought condition, which is one of the effects of climate change. The group received irrigation infrastructure including solar panels, a pump and pipes. The project also facilitated the drilling of a well and provided supporting facilities including four solar panels and two tanks each with a capacity of 3,000 liters. It also financed four water taps that were installed at different locations for connection with pipes.
The making of dried mango chips
The process of making dried mango chips begins with the slashing of mangoes into chips. The next step is to mix the chips with garlic, vanilla fruit and salt. No sugar is added
because mangoes contain natural sugar of their own. Based on one’s preference, cardamom, pepper and some coloring could be added. The chips are then put onto the platters and kept out to dry in the sun, which takes 5-7 days. Finally, the chips are packaged into packets ready for sale.
After production, each packet weighing 100gms is sold at TZS 2000 (equivalent to 0.9 USD), thereby earning a profit of TZS 1,200 (equivalent to 0.5) per package after deducting production cost which amount to TZS 800 (equivalent to 0.4 USD). The group’s secretary, Mr. Dadi, said each empty packet is bought at TZS 170 (equivalent to 0.07), and one packet of dried mango chips can be used to make 3-5 liters of juice.
Besides the above progress and commitment, the group is still faced with one challenge: cannot make the chips on large-scale because of lack of a machine to dry mangoes within the shortest time possible. However, drawing from its spirit of Neve Go Back, the group is now working to secure a food-drying machine to improve their business. The group also intends to buy a mango-slicing and processing machine, which would enable them to produce mango chips at a larger scale.
Based on its innovation in preparation and packaging, the group’s product has a big market both internally and externally. Popular internal markets are found in Dar es Salaam and Arusha while external/ foreign are found in Kenya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Based on its focus and impacts, this intervention is in line with SDG 1, which focuses on poverty; SDG 7 (on the use of affordable and clean energy sources) and SDG 13 (on combating climate change and its impacts).