Germaine and her women’s group have been operating their banana processing unit for years, but were limited to selling dry and powdered products due to lack of storage.
“We started this processing unit to avoid leaving crops to spoil in the sun. But without the appropriate equipment we couldn’t keep the bananas fresh and had to turn them into dry products”, says Germaine.
Through a partnership between Energy 4 Impact and solar equipment provider Bonergie, they received their own solar fridge and freezer to help increase productivity and diversify sales. The group has now gone from producing and selling flour, couscous, dried fruits and banana products to fruit juices, milk and fresh water.
“The arrival of the fridge, coupled with Energy 4 Impact’s business development support, helped us better understand both our sales and customers’ needs. We are now selling more and have made an increase in profit of 153 euros within the first month,” says Germaine.