Fatoumata Cissoko Stands Out in Guinea in Agrifood Processing Thanks to WAAPP

“Fatou and Kadija Sarl” is the name of the blossoming company headed by the young 33 years old Guinean Fatoumata Cissoko, and which is specialized in agrifood processing.

Based in the Guinean region of Kindia, the fruit drying unit run by Fatoumata employs around 15 people.

Graduated in accounting and management, Fatoumata launched, in 2013, a company specialized in the solar drying of exotic fruits. With her project, she wants to address post-harvest losses in the pineapple and mango sectors in the Kindia region.

After completing her university studies, Fatoumata began working on the family plantation. There, she notices the enormous post-harvest losses recorded in the production and decides to start processing the fruits. Having only a derisory working capital, the young woman seeks help from the Italian Food Security Program (PISA) to set up a solar fruit drying unit, with a production capacity of 500 kg of fruits per day.

She also received a donation in 2019 of a thermal drying unit from the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), implemented by CORAF.

The WAAPP was launched in 2008 under the leadership of the Economic Community of West African States and was funded by the World Bank.

For the time being, the young Fatoumata is working on launching a range of natural fruit juices by the end of the year.

“Through this project, I want to promote our processed local products, create decent jobs and especially empower young people and women in the Kindia region,” said the 33 year old Guinean in an interview with the dpa.

“Today, we can say that we have achieved our objectives at 60 percent,” welcomes the Guinean, winner of the 1st agribusiness prize of the Social EntrepreneurShip program in 2020, which is at the origin of the Guinea Entrepreneurs Fair.

Fatoumata aims to set up the largest processing unit in West Africa with three production chains (dry fruits, natural fruit juices, syrups and jams) and to export her products to Europe.

The Guinean agripreneur, who currently employs about fifteen people, dreams of becoming, within a few years, a leading businesswoman in the agro-food sector.

Source: guineesignal.com