Made in Gambia: Yusupha Natural Products Y.N.P.

We met Yusupha Darboe at the LUMO market organized by MyFarm Africa Startup. He was selling various natural products at his stand. He was very talkative, and we were impressed with his dedication to evolving his business, so we encourage him to an interview with us.

He told us that his business journey started with him cooking spices, using his Danish friend’s recipe. She always brought him spices when visiting the Gambia, so he wanted to return the favour and gift her something to take back home.

His business grew, and now he buys various products from local farmers, packs them neatly, and sells them at the local market near Serrekunda.

He has recently received a smoothie maker and is now making fresh fruit smoothies with natural herbs such as moringa powder. He made us one, and it was delicious. He charges only GMD 50, which is less than 1 EUR. He is well aware that Gambians may not be ready for products such as smoothies but are slowly realizing the importance of a healthy diet.

Nowadays, his stand offers moringa seeds, moringa tea, coconut ginger cake, baobab powder, wonjo powder, moringa oil, lemongrass tea, hot pepper sauce, netehtu, and many more natural and healthy products.

He plans on opening a bigger shop in the future to sell all those products he makes on his farm.

If you buy his products, you are directly supporting him and his dreams. Who knows, you might even change his story and life altogether.

We invited Yusupha to our Christmas Bazaar, organized by My Gambia, in collaboration with the YOSH restaurant. Yusupha managed to sell the entire stock of his best product – Coconut Ginger Cake. With his kindness and excellent salesman skills, Yusupha managed to spark an interest with an international school’s management, and they offered him a collaboration. Yusupha will now start offering his smoothies at this international school to over 1200 school children.

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