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Growing farms full of cashew trees and beehives

Bees play an important role in Africa’s agricultural system, where they pollinate 80% of flowering plants and one-third of food crops. The economic benefits of bee pollination are also clear: The yields of major cash crops, such as sesame and cotton, increased by 60% in Burkina Faso when bees pollinated them. By fully investing in this value chain, top-producing African countries could earn...

Stories of for-profit solutions to hunger and poverty

There are so many incredible stories to share at Africa Eats. Here is a sampling of the type of solutions we’ve invested in. Homegrown, for-profit solutions with measurable impacts lessening hunger and poverty across Africa.

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Forbes: A Nice Overview of Africa Eats

Africa Eats was in the news this weekend: Novel Holding Company Africa Eats Has Raised $1.8 Million For Its Impact Startups Anne Field of Forbes did a lovely job explaining why the company was formed, how it is tackling hunger and poverty, and how the holding company model generally works. And note that between the time of the interview and publication, three more investors committed another...

$2+ million in growth capital

What do 27 baby elephant companies do with $2 million of growth capital? They grow. Fast. Africa Eats Ltd. began just over a year ago with 27 fledglings all growing, but nearly all lacking the resources to grow as quickly as they desired. A year later, this novel investment holding company has raised over $2 million to help meet those needs. Where did that money go? Operational capital –...

Elephants, bigger than Zebra, not mythical like Unicorns

Zebra’s may fix what Unicorns break, but that hasn’t stopped the investing world from their focus on hunting unicorns. Maybe a little in the impact investing space, but there the world of young companies is split into “startups” and “SMEs” with the latter still looked upon as potential unicorns and the latter often derided as unworthy of investment. Rather than debate either of those two...

61% Compounded Annual Growth

The first six months 2021 revenue numbers are in from our 27 investees. $8.3 million (USD equivalent). If the second half simply doubles the first, growth for the year will hit 70%. Amazing given the bizi are still dealing with lockdowns, power outages, along with the other common setbacks from young companies. Even more impressive is what happens when you ask the spreadsheet to calculate the...

Saving and investing in seeds – Agro Supply

Most of us are used to savings and investments being the realm of banks and brokers.  But for the masses in Uganda (and Sub-Saharan Africa) the banks are too far and too expensive and the local currencies a poor way to save. Instead, savings often take the form of bricks to build a home or a few chickens to feed the children or now with Agro Supply, seeds for the next planting season...

20 Investments… a slow year

We often compare the investment holding company model to the more common venture capital fund. A typical venture fund makes 15-20 investments in its 10 year lifetime. Or more specifically, it finds and invests in 15-20 total companies, often joining in one, two, or three rounds of investments per company over 10 years. Africa Eats began with a portfolio of 27 companies. We’ll eventually add...

Growing protein in Rwanda

Rwanda has one of the fast growing economies of the world and as more and more Rwandans leave poverty and enter the middle class, their demand for protein, especially meat, growth even faster. The same demand was seen over a century ago when Europe grew itself out of poverty and replicated again in Asia over the last few decades. This is the trend that led Herve Tuyishime to start Paniel Meat...

An order for 1,476 beehives

Swahili Honey is finishing up an order for delivering 1,476 new beehives in Tanzania.

Building beehives is a small part of Swahili Honey’s business, but important as the main business is aggregating, processing, bottling, and distributing honey from smallholder farmers throughout Tanzania. 980 farmers in 2020 growing past 1,200 in 2021, many of which will be using these new beehives.

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