Ian Khonje completed his secondary education in 2015. He then quickly capitalized on a 2-year university gap driven by university strikes, when he decided to spend this time reading, obtaining an ABE business administration diploma and multiple certificates in videography, design and art. During one of his Economics classes, he recognized that food security was a real issue in his country and decided to take a step towards solving the problem of food shortage.
After a month of research and planning, Ian decided to launch and register his own food processing initiative. In 2018 during his first semester holiday, he registered his company. He thereafter worked out of the kitchen of his parents’ home and launched his first product -Malambe Jam.
That’s my Jam
IKFP is a food processing company whose main objective is to annihilate the seasonality of food products by providing innovative food processing solutions that allow consumers to enjoy food products throughout the year. IKFP’s raw materials are sourced locally. IKFP procurement is done primarily from small local farmers, to promote a local inclusive value chain.
Malambe jam, their main product, is a fruit jam made from the baobab fruit. Eighteen months ago, the business was producing just 10 cans of jam per month, but due to strong demand, the business intends to roll out nationally and supply more than 2500 units of Jam by the end of the year.