- Tell us about your start-up/business. What’s your 30 second elevator pitch?
Kamande Agriculture Project (KAP) are doing food processing (Cassava Value Addition) and we transform the cassava tubers into finished edible food such as Garri and Flour which are highly needed in our community.
- What need or problem are you solving?
We are solving problems such as Hunger, Poverty and Unemployment amongst Women and Youths in Sierra Leone.
- How did you come up with the idea for the business?
Our community is predominantly backward and suffers from malnutrition due to an increase in hunger and poverty.
Additionally, it is pitiful to know that 40% of Sierra Leone`s population is food insecure and 53% of Sierra Leoneans live below the national poverty line. With Sierra Leone being a net importer of rice; we decided to make use of our second staple food (Cassava) as an alternative to rice and create employment.
- How did you validate that your solution was viable?
We validate our solution due to the high demand of our product, especially during the raining seasons, we are able to know and confirm that our business is viable and it will continue to grow and have success.
- What stage are you at and what’s next?
The stage of our business presently is Minimum Viable Product/MVP and our next level is to increase consumers awareness of our business brand and to expand, in- cooperate and employ the community into our businesses.
- What is the biggest win you’ve had so far?
The biggest win we have had so far is that the UNDP in Sierra Leone have come to our aid through the women and youths project for the purpose of developing our businesses and create a sustainable community livelihood project.
- What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as a start-up founder?
As a founder for our business, the biggest challenge is access to finance and equipment for our startup.
- What needs do you have to grow and take it to the next level?
In order to grow our business and becomes a viable and sustainable, we are in need of:
1) Processing Machines/Equipment
2) Trainings for group members
3) Financial supports and
4) Mobility/ Transportation
- What’s your take on the local start-up scene / entrepreneurial community? What has been helpful?
Our take is that most of the rural community have limited experience with start-up entrepreneurial programs, but the most that can be helpful is the willingness to develop and support these kinds of activities both in finance and non-financial means. Cooperation, commitment and core leadership creating partnership can be an additional help to the local start-up scene/entrepreneurial community.
- What do you think as an entrepreneur would be more helpful to have here in the region?
As an entrepreneur, introducing innovation technologies, products and services, increase competitions, provide new job opportunities in the region and long-term viable projects.