Project Launch: 5-22-19
The Turning Tomato into Gold project seeks to improve the economic conditions of women from Dzaleka and surrounding areas through tomato production and processing into tomato sauce, powder and jam. These products will help reduce post harvest losses, increase the shelf life of the tomatoes and increase revenue women earn from their production. The products will be sold to different communities in the country and be exported to other countries helping the country reduced on imports and save foreign currency. These products will also eliminate competition as the women will sell products that most farmers do not process. The tomatoes will be supplied by members as shares and also bought from tomato farmers in the community which will provide readly available market and promote increased production thereby increasing economic benefits for farmers in the area. A total of 25 members of Dzaleka Women Cooperative and 200 farmers from surrounding communities are set to benefit from the project.