The bizi of Africa Eats work with over 100,000 smallholder farmers, buying their outputs or providing their inputs. In either case, growing the incomes of these farmers between 40% and 500%, turning a typically subsistence activity into a middle class income.
Growing this network above 100,000 took quite some time, as there needs to be a buyer for every piece of fruit, bag of maize flour, or chicken produced by these farmers. For example, back in 2014, in it’s first year of operations, East Africa Fruits bought produce from 50 farmers. That network has grown to 5,700 farmers here in 2022. 110x growth in 8 years.