Afriplex is a leading international supplier of wellness product solutions – from source to shelf. They harvest high-quality raw material from approved, sustainable resources and then transform these into a range of innovative, client-specific products and services. Afriplex uses technologically advanced extraction, processing, purification and production methods, but also through constant research into consumer trends and keeping up to date with the ethno-botanic discoveries and applications.
PhytoTrade Africa was established in 2002 as the trade association of the natural products industry in southern Africa. “Natural products” are products derived from plants indigenous to southern Africa; they include foods, drinks, oils and ingredients used by the food and cosmetics industries.
They are a non-profit, membership-based organisation representing private sector businesses, development agencies, individuals and other interested parties in eight countries: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Phytotrade’s purpose is to alleviate poverty and protect biodiversity in the region by developing an industry that is not only economically successful but also ethical and sustainable.
Sharing stories from the field
“I am a homeowner and business woman with plans to expand.”
“After the death of my husband, I was left to bring up my five children alone. Life was hard, but it changed for the better when we began gathering fruit from the local baobab trees and selling it to TreeCrops.
I have made enough money from the baobab business to start a small kiosk in my village, I have also built a house for us to live in and bought a plot of land. I plan to build a second house to rent out and provide an income for my disabled son after I have gone.
I no longer have to depend on anyone else to take care of me or my children – I am a home owner and a businesswoman with big plans! It is important to be respectful of the Baobabs and help preserve them for the women who come after me.”
Story by Patuma Msyenda, Maldeco-Mechesi village, Malawi
“I no longer have to travel 250 miles to make enough money to feed my family.”
“I used to travel between the city and the lake at least once a month to buy fish to sell. The journey took many days and transport was expensive. I also make charcoal from firewood and grow my own crops, but I never had enough to save or buy anything other than basic food to feed my three children.
Joining the TreeCrops project has given me the chance I had been praying for – hard work for payment that would make a real difference to our lives. I have now built a house and can pay school fees without getting into debt. I’m saving to get electricity and maybe even a second home to give me an income when I’m too old to work.
TreeCrops has also taught me to consider our trees and the people who will taste their fruit. When I gather the pods and prepare the pulp, I take the same care as if I were feeding my own children.”
Story by Esther Kansaka, Maldeco, Mangochi District, Lake Malawi