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Eswatini Kitchen

Eswatini kitchenEswatini Kitchen was established in 1991 in Swaziland by Manzini Youth Care (MYC), an NGO supporting marginalized youth in the country. Their main objective was to create employment for disadvantaged women, provide a market for small local farmers and rural families who harvested wild fruit, especially guava and marula. The profit generated was destined to fund Manzini Youth Care’s social programmes. The project started with 5 women that worked in a one room kitchen and covered every part of the production process.

Nowadays, Eswatini Kitchen is a fair trade producer of natural gourmet food, certified by WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) and COFTA (Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa) that exports its products to 15 international destinations including Europe, USA, Australia and Japan. Eswatini Kitchen has grown from a small cottage industry to a thriving business that is enhancing the lives of underprivileged communities by providing a fair and sustainable income for over 300 people in Swaziland and devoting all their proceeds to the Manzini Youth Care initiatives, which support more than 2000 marginalized children and young people in the country.

They have over 50 employees 90% of which are women, 45% of them are single mothers and 96% are the sole income providers for their homes. Besides providing fair wages for their staff they facilitate constant training in food safety and managerial related skills, and organise workshops on health and HIV issues.

Eswatini kitchen believe that the world can be a better place to live in and they contribute by adhering to Fair Trade principles. They create opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers, pay their staff fair wages and ensure good working conditions and they pay their producers fair prices).

The main aim of MYC is to reintegrate marginalized youth into the community and to prevent children from ending up on the streets.


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