“Sometimes the men will complain when they don’t get meat with lunch” says the company owner, “but when I ask if they get to eat meat every day at home, they all say no.” Forest Fruits Ltd produces Zambezi Gold organic honey and provides a sustainable income to over 6,000 beekeepers in rural Zambia (and healthy lunches to the workers at the Lusaka processing plant).
Working for Engineers Without Borders (EWB), I’ve been accepted as a consultant at the Forests Fruits processing plant in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. Here, I see the close relationship between the management of Forest Fruits and the Lusaka-based workers. “We try to treat it like a family,” I’m told, and after two weeks on the job, I believe it. The company provides daily lunches of nshima (Zambia’s staple food) to all the workers. And although meat isn’t served every day, the nutritional content is balanced over the week. A trainer comes twice a week to conduct a crossfit-style boot camp, and after work soccer games are common. Supporting the health of the workers is important to the owners.
What else do I do at Forest Fruits? What is my workplace like? And most importantly What does the honey taste like?!? Find all your answers here.