Fruit Soup

Serve for Tomorrow’s ration

A Fruit Juice Mill that crushes fresh fruits to produce a soup whose shelf-life is up to 9 months.

Use Case

Basic family nutrition for the majority of the indigenous communities in Africa is derived from our local natural resources. Our livelihoods are dependent on forests which are endowed with delicious indigenous fruits which makes our daily family food rations. Yet, 75% of ripen harvested and unharvested fruits are lost before consumption. These losses are derived from poor, and lack of proper handling and preservation means. Many communities just harvest what they can, and leave the rest of the fruits to rot and waste within 48 hours. Our Fruit Juice Mill crushes nearly wasted fruits into soups which can be packaged and shelved for up to 9 months. That means our families will have food up to the next season of fruit harvesting, only from our simple, cheap and affordable solution.

Potential

Ours is a simple and cheap innovation, affordable to our fellow indigenous families across Zimbabwe and Africa’s minority communities. The innovation allows us to preserve family food rations from our forests, thus, preserving local culture with local innovation. The fruit juice mill will reduce post-harvest losses by increasing shelf-life of harvested fruits from 48 hours to 9 months. The innovation offers simple but better family climate adaptation strategies through promoting fruit preservation and value addition. We also conserve forests by providing alternate bio-fuels from our Mills, and feeds for climate resilient small livestock. Apart from bio-fuels and feeds, residues can be used as pure organic fertilizers for soil regeneration to increase our cereal yields

Business Case

Our juice mill is a simple, low tech, cheap and affordable technology which uses open sun energy to crush different types of fruits such as mulberries, oranges, lemons, etc. into different fruit soups which we package and preserve for family rations, animal feeds, bio-fuels, and organic fertilizers. The above also make our revenue streams. We will partner local technology universities such as the Chinhoyi University of Technology and the National University of Science and Technology to up-scale and disseminate technology information to other indigenous communities across Africa. Currently, we are targeting our local Doma (Wadoma, Vadema) and Tshwa (Tyua, Cuaa) San and also other communities in high-veld areas of Zimbabwe such as Chimanimani and Mutare where there are many fruit trees.

Objectives:

  1. To enhance family food and nutrition through the preservation of traditional forest foods
  2. To reduce fruit post-harvest losses to zero percent using simple sustainable innovations
  3. To improve livelihoods and promote household resilience and incomes for food security whilst preserving indigenous culture and knowledge

Team Fruit Soup

Harare, Zimbabwe

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve livelihoods through home-grown innovations for food and nutrition security.

Our Background

We are a team of dedicated young innovators with homegrown solutions to tackle our local food challenges. We take pride in our simple and low tech innovations which are affordable to our local indigenous people. We are committed to improving the livelihoods of our communities whilst upholding our local tradition, culture and indigenous knowledge

Our Team

Our Mission

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Our Background

We are a team of dedicated young innovators with homegrown solutions to tackle our local food challenges. We take pride in our simple and low tech innovations which ...Read More

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