Lile juice, a product of Elimika Women’s group
In Kenya, mango farming is done mostly in the eastern parts of the country and the coastal strip. Ripe fruits are consumed raw as desserts, or processed into fruit juices and other products. Tana River is one of the major mango producing counties with 223,360 tonnes of mangoes produced each year.
In Kumbi Village near the banks of the Tana River, a group of women have formed the Elimika women group that ventured into mango value addition to produce juice which would have a high shelf life and better revenues.
With support from UNICEF and other NGOs, they got a pulping machine and a freezer to enhance the efficiency and quality of production of the juice, which they have branded as Lile Juice; Lile is a Pokomo name meaning ‘Sweet’.
The women have also been trained in the production of mango Jam, yoghurt and crisps A representative of the group has also been trained on how to use a refractometer to measure sugar levels, this will help them in meeting the KEBS certification requirements for their products. MSEA office has been doing capacity building and linked them to the International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP) who have bought them value addition equipment.
uilding the capacity of the farmers through training on harvesting and mitigating post-harvesting losses.
MSEA Tanariver/Lamu region is training the group on product development, market entry strategy, marketing for sales. The group has also been registered with MSEA.