In 2008 the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) started to support Emilia’s small shop through the Mozambique Agrodealer Development project. The project offers business management training and helped Emilia acquire a good understanding of best agronomic practices.
Emilia’s customer-base was growing to around 150 customers, so she decided to build a bigger shop. Emilia also received advanced business management training and boosted her sales by training farmers on integrated soil fertility management, the targeted and precise use of chemical fertiliser, and selecting appropriate seeds, herbicides and pesticides. Input sales increased from 2 tonnes of seed and 7.4 tons of fertiliser during 2009-2010 to 65 tonnes and 54 tonnes of seed and fertiliser respectively, in the 2014-2015 season. Emilia’s monthly sales now amount to US$1,000.
Emilia continues to receive support from AGRA and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) to access finance to expand her business. Emilia now serves 300 farmers and used her profits to buy a sunflower processing machine to produce and sell sunflower oil for cooking. She now owns 60 hectares of land of which more than half is used to grow maize, sesame, fruits and vegetables.