Who we are
Josmak is a social enterprise which provides vulnerable African women in rural areas with alternative ways of increasing their household income, food security and family nutrition to reduce malnutrition among their children and reduce unemployment through pumpkin growing and processing. We produce a variety of quality organic pumpkin products that meet national and international market standards. They include; Pumpkin Wine, Pumpkin Juice, Pumpkin powder made from leaves and flowers, Pumpkin roasted seeds, Pumpkin seeds powder, pumpkin porridge, Pumpkin flour which is used to make bread, cakes, cookies, snacks, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cinnamon tea spice, pumpkin ginger tea spice, pumpkin peanut butter among others. We are environmentally conscious and all residues from products are used to make animal feeds and manure for improved agricultural productivity. All these products contain nutritional supplements good for health boosting.
Founder / CEO
Joyce Kyalema is a passionate social entrepreneur who loves to create new things, who looks for solutions to problems, and who gets energy from doing things that matter. “Doing Business as well as Doing Good to the community”.
She is responsible to take a pro-active role in planning and ensuring a consistent and effective brand message is communicated. She is constantly discovering and exploring business opportunities, not only in local, but in regional and globally.
Joyce has achieved many outstanding awards such as;
SEED Africa Award by SEED Initiative, Rising Star Woman Entrepreneur by the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) in 2014. Best Young Woman Entrepreneur in Agri-business 2015 from CURAD Innovation Challenge of youth in agribusiness. In 2014 was a finalist in Project Inspire 5 Minutes to Change the World which is a joint initiative from the Singapore Committee for UN Women and Master Card to help young change makers create a better world for women and girls in Asia- Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. 2016 was among the top 5 finalists for Empretec Women in Business Awards by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. 2016 Won the African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) powered by BMCE Bank of Africa with one of the most significant and sustainable impact to create jobs and improve lives in Africa. She was also selected to participate in the Social Enterprise Forum in Stockholm 2016 funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA).
Where we Work
Our production territory is at MUARIK Kabanyolo Gayaza block F13 at Curad , We have women groups operating in Lukira village,Kampiri parish,Myanzi Sub-county, Mubende District and Nakibanga Sub-County in Mityana district, in Masaka district.
We want to reach all the 112 districts of Uganda to empower the rural vulnerable women out there to change their lives and there after scale to other African countries.
How we Work
We select and work directly with the most vulnerable women in any district. We train them on Good Agricultural Practices starting with seed selection and land preparation, crop production, harvesting methods and post-harvest management. We provide women with free good seeds and small farm inputs. Maintaining quality requires that women farmers are well trained.
We sign contracts with women farmers which guarantee that they will produce the desired quality and we shall buy back all the produce from them. This way we guarantee them sustainable incomes.