Bubwini Commercial village in North B district was formed in 2015 as a result of commercialization campaigns conducted by Farm Concern International (FCI) under the Cassava Village Processing Programme funded by USAID through Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. It has 4 Commercial Producer Groups (CPGs); Saa Njema, Tamaa Ipo, Masikini ndio mwenyewe kazi and Tumwambie nini with 100 members. It is led by a Commercial Village Trade Facilitator (CVTF); Maulid Othman famously known as Jesh (Army).
This Commercial Village has been very strong and motivated and has always been driven by the passion to improve each and every day, they have been attending the Pre and post harvest cassava management and blended cassava nutritious foods training by FCI and Zanzibar Research Institute (ZARI).
The CV became innovative and started milling cassava to get cassava flour and make chauro, cassava crisps and chips using local cutting knife and made profit. Their efforts were noticed by other development partners including ASSP who facilitated a training on the use of a cassava processing machine by Intermech Engineering ltd and the machines were installed after they pulled their resources together and build a machine house.
Since they started using the processing machines in November 2016, they have milled 3,075kgs of fresh cassava into flour and made TSh 800,000 (USD 400) in sales.
The Commercial Village decided to diversify their value added products by making and packaging chauro which they sell to shops at Tsh. 400 (USD 0.4) per packet.
They plan to finish up the processing enterprise by constructing a toilet, buying of processing kit wear and clearing the debt they incurred in the construction of the building.
FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond