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  • Botanical Extracts EPZ Limited based in Athi River, Kenya, is a private limited company primarily involved in the production of artemisinin to fight multidrug resistant malaria.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
  • At the Muranga Farm, about 80 kms from Nairobi, women and men farmers hand pick beans. This is a project developed by Frigoken, one of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development's (AKFED's) East African project companies.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • Established in 1989, Frigoken Ltd is Kenya's largest exporter of processed vegetables supplying niche products to leading European Supermarket chains. The Company currently provides direct employment to over 3,000 people, most of whom are women, and supports over 70,000 small-scale farmers in rural East Africa.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
  • Allpack Industries Ltd, Kenya.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
  • Mara Serena, exterior view, Kenya
    AKDN
Economic development
The Network’s investment in sub-Saharan Africa’s private sector dates as far back as the 1930s and 1940s, when cooperative financial institutions were created. Thereafter, the scope was extended to other areas such as industry and tourism. Today, the project companies of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) are dedicated to promoting private initiative and building economically sound enterprises in Kenya and throughout the developing world. Surpluses generated by the Fund are reinvested in other economic development initiatives under the AKFED umbrella.