Small Business Development

Compound Queen Compound Queen. Photo: Gareth Bentley

Java Foods supports small shops and businesses in low income communities in Lusaka. We recognise that supporting these small businesses will have a positive effect on the whole community by helping generating income and increase sustainability.

We support them by:

  • Offering low minimum order quantity of eeZee Instant Noodles and eeZee Supa Cereal
  • Providing marketing support such as branding stores
  • Having a regular presence in and around their businesses

If you are a small business looking to stock our products and need our support, please get in touch here.

Job Creation

Zambia has a high prevalence of youth unemployment. One of the ways Java Foods is assisting in tackling the challenge of youth unemployment is through the creation of a roaming sales team. Our roaming sales agents are a group of youths selling eeZee instant noodles and eeZee supa cereal in marketplaces and households in their community. Through this scheme, our roaming sales agents not only earn an income but also learn valuable lessons such as how to handle finances, sales and marketing, negotiation skills and social skills.

Java Foods Foot SoldiersSome of Java Foods Roaming Sales Agents

Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN)

Globally, an estimated 161 million children under five years of age are stunted, 51 million are wasted and 2 billion people experience micronutrient malnutrition. Accordingly, 1 in every 2 children under 5 in Zambia is stunted or small for their age due to malnutrition. Malnutrition is a critical challenge.

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Network was founded on a principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition. At the heart of the movement, national leaders in 55 countries are committed to prioritising multi-stakeholder efforts to address malnutrition.

Java Foods is a founding member of the SUN Business Network in Zambia. This network mobilises and intensifies business efforts in support of the SUN movement and to ensure all people realise their right to good food and nutrition. SBN’s goals are to:

  • Support SUN countries to engage at national nutrition strategies. Working in partnership with Civil Society, Donors and UN agencies, SBN will to encourage a country led approach.
  • Build a global platform of business commitments to scaling up nutrition in support for the SUN movement and SUN country plans.

Java Food’s mission is to provide affordable nutrition so, who best to help deliver the message to those who need it most. Our commercial core business operations and value chains offer scale, innovation, quality management and demand creation – which are crucial to tackling this worldwide problem. There are 164 companies who have committed to scaling up nutrition thus far.

Monica Musonda at the Global Entrepreneurship Week held in Nairobi, Kenya Monica Musonda speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya

These commitments aim to improve nutrition of 166 million consumers each year by 2020. Java Food’s commitment is further strengthened by the fact that our CEO Monica Musonda sits on the SUN Business Network Global Advisory Board.

It is a fact that in Africa not enough jobs are being created to employ the fast growing youth population. Entrepreneurship should be seen as a viable alternative and should be encouraged in form of mentorship programs, skills training, financial management courses to name a few. Entrepreneurs can change the way we live and work. If successful, their innovations may improve our standard of living. In short, in addition to creating wealth from their entrepreneurial ventures, they also create jobs and the conditions for a prosperous society. Monica Musonda, Java Foods CEO started off her career as a lawyer but realized that she would make more impact starting her own business in Zambia. Using her experience and skills learnt from starting up Java Foods, she now spends time speaking about her entrepreneurial journey (the trials, tribulations and successes) and encouraging others to follow suit.