Making a difference to communities in Africa
In June 2016, Aldi became the first UK Supermarket to team up with Farm Africa, an international development charity.
Over the course of three years, Aldi provided funding of £268,000 to fund the ‘Growing Futures’ project, aiming to improve the livelihoods of young farmers in Kitale, Western Kenya.
The project team engaged with a total of 523 young farmers, which split into 25 farming groups. This was actually 31% over their original and intended target!
The French beans from the Farm Africa project were sold in a number of Aldi stores during Autumn 2018 for a limited time. This gave the farmers direct access to market and marked the first delivery to Aldi stores of produce harvested as part of Aldi’s three-year partnership with Farm Africa.
The project also financially improved farmers’ lives; each group of 25 had their own savings and in total the groups saved over £27,000 allowing them to take out small loans.
Most savings were invested in household needs such as school fees, additional food and medical needs but 35% was invested back into the farming businesses and so the project continues to positively affect the community, even after its completion!