Kwithu Kitchen (KK) – founded in 2013 – is the first women-owned food processing cooperative in northern Malawi. KK grew out of the Kwithu Women’s Group, a vibrant community-based organization located in Mzuzu, Malawi. The 20 founders of Kwithu Women’s Group preserved tomatoes in order to feed more vulnerable children in their feeding program. With help from Maloto, a US-based non-profit, these women also saw a business opportunity to process tomatoes on a much larger scale. The business provided a path to financially support them and local farmers. A portion of sales revenue is donated to the social programs run by the Kwithu Women’s Group.
KK expanded its product line in April 2020, and began processing high-quality Malawian honey. Kwithu Kitchen immediately became the largest honey supplier in the country! Kwithu Kitchen’s products are found in every major supermarket chain in the country (Shoprite, Sana and Chipiku Plus), in major hotel chains like the Sunbird Hotels, and in many restaurants and institutions.