Umoya foods is a startup that creates nutritionally valuable whole-foods based on African ingredients. Our reason for existence is to create true and consistent demand for crops produced by small farmers so as to support rural economy development. We do this using our range of nutrient boosts based on amaranth leaf and Thrive cereals based on amaranth grain. As amaranth is climate appropriate, drought resistant and nutritious, it is valuable all the way from crop stability to food security.
- Our amaranth leaf is grown by a small scale farmer and solar dried on farm using a solar drier that we have designed. This allows the farmer sell to us at premium. Our amaranth grain and raw beetroot powder is supplied by the Siyazisiza trust who support over 800 small scale farmers across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Finally, our Baobab powder is sustainably harvested in Limpopo by Ecoproducts.
- Our core focus is on increasing small farmer income at scale and we have chosen to do this through a high quality and environmentally conscientious brand which is what influences many of our actions. We are committed to thoughtful packaging that adds value to the product and customer while being recyclable or compostable. Umoya Foods, still at its infancy, is a two woman team comprised of Anissa and Chelsea and we receive support from our parent organisation, Scaled Impact. Chelsea has a history working in rural development and with small farmers and is determined to build supply chains that incorporate these groups while Anissa is a food scientist with a passion for sustainable food production. This combination is what has lead to our fixation on creating products that contain only essential ingredients while being delicious, innovative and satisfying.
Recipe for Thrive Cacao Peanut butter balls:
I’ve been feeling very snacky this week and so decided to try making peanut butter balls using a whole lot of pantry ingredients that you either have in your pantry already or can be ordered online.
2/3 cup Thrive Cacao
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp flax seed / Linseed
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp honey (maybe a little more depending on your sweet tooth)
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp coconut milk (or any liquid you’d like, even water will do)
Mix everything together and roll out into tasty treats for any time of day!