Once again, thank you for your generous support. We greatly appreciate your partnership in helping FORUDEF to better the lives of individuals and communities in Cameroon.
The juice project is going well. Currently, Susan is at a trade fair where she will promote the juice from the project as well as the project in general. Also, the success of the juice business so far has led us to consider starting a store in town focused on selling the products from this project. The demand is there, we just need to find the right location- in terms of affordability and accessabillity.
Also, to clarify our progress to date, we have used donations to purchase a deep freezer, cooler, and large flask. These items have increased FORUDEF’s ability to scale up its production of juice. As a result, a group of 4-5 women are now able to produce 30-40 500 mL bottles of juice in a day. In addition, the deep freezer has allowed FORUDEF to purchase fruit when it is cheapest, and store it until it is needed. The ability to store fruit has also made juice processing malleable to demands for the processor’s time; fruit can be cut and frozen one day, and turned into juice the next without fear of it spoiling.
As noted in our earlier report, although there is much interest amongst women’s groups and individuals in participating in this project, FORUDEF lacks both the financial and social capital to expand the initiative. However, we have prioritized the purchase of professional-grade fruit processors once we have acquired the neccessary funding. This purchase will expedite the process of fruit processing and help to expand the scope of this initiative.
We look forward to providing more updates as this project grows and we thank you for your support and generosity.