Waldron recently sponsored a table at the Global Partnerships annual luncheon. Global Partnerships continues to explore innovative solutions that help people lift their families out of poverty. Tom Waldron, founder and CEO of Waldron, as part of his many philanthropic endeavors, is currently Co-Chair of the 2016 Steering Committee.
Global Partnerships is committed to connecting, engaging and educating our supporters via a calendar of events that inform and inspire. This year Agnes’ Story was featured.
Rosemary Muthomi – Co-Founder, Meru Green Horticulture Keynote Speaker
Rosemary Muthomi grew up with poor farming families on the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Determined to improve farmers’ lives, she and her husband Gerald became government agricultural advisors. But they soon realized that it wasn't enough for smallholder farmers to grow more produce; they also needed opportunities to sell it to more lucrative markets. So the Muthomi’s founded Meru Greens Horticulture in 1996 with the sole objective of organizing farmers to produce and market fruits and vegetables, both in the domestic and export markets. More recently, they founded another company – Meru Greens EPZ – which sources, processes, and exports high quality product to European buyers with the goal of enhancing the income of smallholder farmers through higher-value vegetable products.
Based in the larger Meru and Embu Districts in the eastern foot hills of Mt. Kenya, the Meru Greens enterprises provide an integrated supply chain from the grower source to various market segments and customers both domestically and globally. Ms. Muthomi believes that empowering smallholder farmers to be able to produce fruits and vegetables responsibly would spur their own development and sustainable agriculture. They employ more than 800 staff and support over 10,000 farmers.
Ms. Muthomi holds a Bachelor of Horticulture Degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She was honored in 2008 with the Entrepreneur of the Year award by TechnoServe, at the Rockefeller Foundation Gala in New York.
Waldron is thrilled to support Global Partnerships and their mission as an impact-led investor, pioneering and investing in sustainable social enterprises who deliver high-impact products and services for people living in poverty. Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn a living, care for their families, and improve their lives. Our investments are focused around three opportunity areas: economic, energy and health. Global Partnerships currently invests in a portfolio of 50 microfinance institutions (MFIs), social businesses and cooperatives in 14 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and East Africa.