As a social enterprise strategy, TEPAD Kenya has adopted a strategy to exploit unique agricultural, food and medicinal resources available among grass root communities through value-addition. The acquisition, processing and marketing of these products boost income to the community through raw materials and youth employment.
Papaya (Pawpaw) Fruits: Farmers in Terik Ward of Nandi County have been growing papaya fruits (carica papaya) as an income. Nicknamed “the fruit of angels”. Papaya has immense health benefits. TEPAD Kenya is purchasing the papayas from the farmers and through value addition making papaya jam and papaya juice and other papaya based products.
Purple tea is a new variety of tea developed in Kenya. Laboratory and animal studies has noted that it has more and unique and more polyphenols than green tea making it a popular candidate for prevention and management of diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Farmers among the Terik community have taken up purple tea cultivation. TEPAD Kenya is developing various products from purple tea.