Our Beginning: Peace Corps
While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a tiny village in Kenya called Miti Mingi, Phil Hughes was surprised to learn that on average farmers only sell up to a third of their harvest. The vast majority of fruit remains unsold and is left behind to rot. After hearing that drying fruit opens new markets, creates jobs for the local community, and extends the life and prosperity of the food supply, Phil was inspired to create Mavuno Harvest.
Photo: Phil Hughes working with this Kenyan counterparts. Kenya, ~2007.
Since 2011, we've been working with small farming cooperatives to create supply chains to bring delicious, organic dried fruit from rural sub-Saharan Africa to the world. We provide markets for these farmers and their products, thus increasing incomes, securing existing jobs and even creating new ones.
Picture: Farmers prepare to plant their banana trees. Ivory Coast, 2022.