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Eswatini Kitchen and Woman Farmer Foundation a match made in heaven

As of November 2016, Eswatini Kitchen could export its products to anywhere in the world and they would be accepted.

Eswatini Kitchen received the FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) which allows it to sell its products to international markets. This certification is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO standards. “This is the highest food safety standard that you can get as an agro-processing organization,” says Sonia Paiva, Eswatini Kitchen Executive Director. “It has not come easy. We have worked very hard and devoted our time to make sure that we get it.” The key conditions for achieving the standard include traceability of raw materials, storage systems, conditions of the factory, packaging and fire and emergency preparedness.

This 23-year-old organization is already selling to 15 destinations including Europe, the United States of America, Japan and Australia. There are 26 line items and four new ones have recently been introduced to the local market. They include tomato sauce, vegetable atchar and chilli pineapple sauce. 

The joint operation of Eswatini Kitchen and the Woman Farmer Foundation (WFF) can be likened to the proverbial match made in heaven. Paiva got involved with Eswatini Kitchen in 2014 after realizing the synergies with the objectives and vision of the Foundation. Coincidentally, Eswatini Kitchen was in a financial crisis and needed to go back to the drawing board for a new strategic plan. Upon arrival, she immediately ensured that Eswatini Kitchen moved to bigger and better premises, equipped with processing machinery and Equipment. She further embarked on a food safety certification exercise aimed at intensifying the organisation’s export markets. While paving the way for new markets, she ensured that the supply of raw materials was also organized and increased through the work of the WFF.

The mandate of the WFF, a not-for-profit organization, is to empower rural women by promoting sustainable livelihoods through agriculture. On the other hand, Eswatini Kitchen was established by Manzini Youth Care to create employment for disadvantaged women. As a result of the synergies between the two organisations, the entire value chain for the production and distribution of natural gourmet food is systematically taken care of from farm to fork. In essence, Eswatini Kitchen now provides a guaranteed market for WFF rural women farmers involved in the production of fruits and vegetables. The supply of chillies, ginger, garlic, cabbage, tomatoes, mangoes and other fruits and vegetables is now guaranteed through organized farming and capacity building of the women involved. “We encourage women, especially those farming in rural communities, to register as our suppliers,” Paiva says. She adds that registered suppliers undergo training and are assisted during their farming through extension services provided by both the Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Eswatini Kitchen modern factory in Sidvokodvo has capacity to produce 1 million jars a month. It employs 30 people, 98 percent of whom are single mothers. 

As former CEO of the Carson Group of Companies, Paiva comes with a wealth of business experience to take Eswatini Kitchen to even greater heights. She has already made a mark among international distributors who are already showing faith in the Swazi products. She has been invited to various countries in Europe to make presentations and intensify the organisation’s marketing efforts. 

On the supply side, she is pushing for mass production of a variety of vegetables, especially tomatoes. “We already have a memorandum of understanding with NAMBoard because we want to support local production of all our raw materials,” she says. Farmers are also encouraged to form groups to facilitate coordinated production and increased volumes and ease of collection from across Swaziland.

Eswatini Kitchen continues to contribute proceeds to the initiatives of the Manzini Youth Care which supports more than 2000 marginalised children and young people in Swaziland.

To reach Eswatini Kitchen, contact Vimbai Kapurura or Sonia Paiva. Tel: 2537 3060 Cell: 7602 7207 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.eswatinikitchen.com As of November 2016, Eswatini Kitchen could export its products to anywhere in the world and they would be accepted.

Eswatini Kitchen received the FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) which allows it to sell its products to international markets. This certification is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO standards. “This is the highest food safety standard that you can get as an agro-processing organization,” says Sonia Paiva, Eswatini Kitchen Executive Director. “It has not come easy. We have worked very hard and devoted our time to make sure that we get it.” The key conditions for achieving the standard include traceability of raw materials, storage systems, conditions of the factory, packaging and fire and emergency preparedness.

This 23-year-old organization is already selling to 15 destinations including Europe, the United States of America, Japan and Australia. There are 26 line items and four new ones have recently been introduced to the local market. They include tomato sauce, vegetable atchar and chilli pineapple sauce. 

The joint operation of Eswatini Kitchen and the Woman Farmer Foundation (WFF) can be likened to the proverbial match made in heaven. Paiva got involved with Eswatini Kitchen in 2014 after realizing the synergies with the objectives and vision of the Foundation. Coincidentally, Eswatini Kitchen was in a financial crisis and needed to go back to the drawing board for a new strategic plan. Upon arrival, she immediately ensured that Eswatini Kitchen moved to bigger and better premises, equipped with processing machinery and Equipment. She further embarked on a food safety certification exercise aimed at intensifying the organisation’s export markets. While paving the way for new markets, she ensured that the supply of raw materials was also organized and increased through the work of the WFF.

The mandate of the WFF, a not-for-profit organization, is to empower rural women by promoting sustainable livelihoods through agriculture. On the other hand, Eswatini Kitchen was established by Manzini Youth Care to create employment for disadvantaged women. As a result of the synergies between the two organisations, the entire value chain for the production and distribution of natural gourmet food is systematically taken care of from farm to fork. In essence, Eswatini Kitchen now provides a guaranteed market for WFF rural women farmers involved in the production of fruits and vegetables. The supply of chillies, ginger, garlic, cabbage, tomatoes, mangoes and other fruits and vegetables is now guaranteed through organized farming and capacity building of the women involved. “We encourage women, especially those farming in rural communities, to register as our suppliers,” Paiva says. She adds that registered suppliers undergo training and are assisted during their farming through extension services provided by both the Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Eswatini Kitchen modern factory in Sidvokodvo has capacity to produce 1 million jars a month. It employs 30 people, 98 percent of whom are single mothers. 

As former CEO of the Carson Group of Companies, Paiva comes with a wealth of business experience to take Eswatini Kitchen to even greater heights. She has already made a mark among international distributors who are already showing faith in the Swazi products. She has been invited to various countries in Europe to make presentations and intensify the organisation’s marketing efforts. 

On the supply side, she is pushing for mass production of a variety of vegetables, especially tomatoes. “We already have a memorandum of understanding with NAMBoard because we want to support local production of all our raw materials,” she says. Farmers are also encouraged to form groups to facilitate coordinated production and increased volumes and ease of collection from across Swaziland.

Eswatini Kitchen continues to contribute proceeds to the initiatives of the Manzini Youth Care which supports more than 2000 marginalised children and young people in Swaziland.

To reach Eswatini Kitchen, contact Vimbai Kapurura or Sonia Paiva. Tel: 2537 3060 Cell: 7602 7207 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.eswatinikitchen.com 

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