Sub-Saharan Africa is the poorest region on Earth, with over 70% of the population living in rural areas, wholly dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. NGOs and foreign governments pour money into Africa, attempting to alleviate this poverty, yet still rural farmers can often only sell a small portion of their harvest at below market prices.
While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a tiny village in Kenya called Miti Mingi, Phil Hughes came up with the idea for Mavuno Harvest. What if there was a way to provide jobs and economic opportunity for rural farmers in Africa, while at the same time solving the issue of wasted harvests?
Mavuno Harvest works with small farming cooperatives to create supply chains to bring delicious, organic dried fruit from rural sub-Saharan Africa to the American consumer. We provide markets for these farmers and their products, thus increasing incomes, securing existing jobs and even creating new ones.
Finally, by bringing these delicious dried fruits to our customers, Mavuno Harvest gives consumers in the U.S. the opportunity to directly impact struggling communities and economies in Africa, while enjoying healthy and organic snacks.
We’ve grown at a good pace since we started - after just few years in business, Mavuno Harvest can be found in retailers nationwide including Whole Foods, Sprouts, and many others.
Our mission is to directly contribute to the economic growth of small-scale African farmers. Our vision is to become the brand synonymous with high quality foods sourced exclusively from small-scale African farmers, while effecting change at the village level in Africa - and we are well on our way! As a Fair Trade certified company, our culture is passion-driven, creative, brand-savvy, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, solutions-focused, irreverent but disciplined, and team-oriented.