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FreshForte joins the AWP Network Vendor Programme

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[FILES] FreshForte. PHOTO: zikoko

The AWP Network has announced FreshForte as a retailer partner for its vendor programme. FreshForte is owned by FarmForte – an impact-oriented firm focused on creating solutions to existing problems in the African agricultural landscape and transforming them into economic opportunities.

FreshForte, a retail store located in Lekki, Lagos provides a one of a kind retail experience for its customers. The company focuses on delivering farm to table products both online and offline. 

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Mary Olushoga, Founder of the AWP Network states, “We started this initiative by partnering with one of the largest retailers in Nigeria, ShopRite and now we are happy to announce our collaboration with FreshForte. It is our goal to continue to include and engage other retail stakeholders and increase partnership opportunities for vendors and suppliers in our database.”

The competitive AWP Network Vendor program, which launched last year on July 15, 2020 received over 2,500 vendor applications. Only 100 vendors were accepted into the program, 61 vendors were certified to complete the program and received the opportunity to pitch their products to ShopRite Nigeria. The program in collaboration with ShopRite and now FreshForte provides a real-life opportunity for women entrepreneurs in Nigeria to get their products out into the marketplace. 

The AWP Network vendor programme aims to increase the number of women entrepreneurs who supply to large retailers in a strategic manner. The AWP Network Vendor program is a capacity building program for local vendors seeking professional guidance regarding best practices and guidelines to become vendor suppliers.

Through the programme, the following qualified vendors: Patience Salifu of CondimentPlus, Ogola Lois Kange of Smiley’z Mobile Kitchen, Olufunmilola Shelika of Gef’s Smoked Edibles, Ebun Feludu of JAM – The Coconut Food Company, Chigozie Bashua of The Nutplace Ventures, Patrick Karunwi of Kalos Agro Homes, Boma Whyte of Kringle Cookies, and Chidimma Uzoma-Mba of Zayith Yogurt were accepted to become ShopRite Suppliers.

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