The story of LIMBUA began in 2006 with a long journey: After studying economics at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Matti Spiecker was inspired by successful social entrepreneurs in Asia, Latin America and Africa. In Kenya, he met Peter Muchau Wangara. They developed the idea for a trading company specializing in organic macadamia nuts.
Without middlemen, the two managing directors wanted to bring the harvest of Kenyan smallholders to the international market, leaving as much added value as possible in the country.
We process macadamia nuts, Avocados and Mangos entirely locally so that as many people as possible around Mount Kenya can benefit.
Thus, four production sites have been established in the countryside in the course of LIMBUA's development:
Close to the local people
Short transport routes
Fresh raw material
Improved standard of living for the rural population
Since day one, LIMBUA has been about sustainable business, focusing on ecological and social aspects.
While the company idea grows, the foundation WELT:KLASSE starts its work. It gives students the chance to get to know sustainability projects in Kenya and other countries.
LIMBUA is founded as a German-Kenyan company specializing in organic macadamia nuts. A processing facility is established in Githure to process the harvest locally.
After 3 years of conversion, the first smallholders receive full organic status. LIMBUA is therefore the first company in the world to accompany macadamia smallholders in achieving organic certification.
There is an increasing demand for macadamia nuts in organic quality for natural food and cosmetics. LIMBUA grows and opens its second factory in Kithungururu.
Well-known companies from the German and European organic market are now among LIMBUA's customers. To serve them, a third factory is built in Kianyaga.
For more and more customers LIMBUA is considered a quality producer of organic macadamia nuts and thus the factory in Kithungururu is expanded to meet the increasing demand.
The increasing demand ensures full capacity utilization in all three processing sites. Ideas are developed to bring more organic products from Kenyan smallholder farmers to the market.
LIMBUA expands its product range with avocado oil. For this product, too, a modern factory is built on site, where the fruits are peeled, pitted and cold-pressed.
Organic mango is now also being purchased from the farmers who work with LIMBUA. The fruits are processed into dried mangoes of organic quality.
Today, LIMBUA is the leading supplier of organic macadamias. With fresh ideas and modern technology, we are turning the world into a village: harvest recording, quality control and logistics have long been digitized at our company. This allows us to pay our macadamia farmers fairly, in real time and keep track of the journey from farm to customer. The highest organic quality is guaranteed by the EU organic seal and certificates from IFS Food, USDA Organic (NOP), Bio Suisse, Fair-for-Life, Halal and Kosher.
„When the added value stays in the country, more people benefit from fair Trade. This idea guided me in founding LIMBUA.“
Around 7,000 smallholder farmers and their families now have a secure income through LIMBUA. At the same time, more than several hundred jobs have been created in four modern factories and in the tree nursery, with the majority of employees being women. In Germany, we are in charge of the distribution to wholesalers and retailers and to well-known natural food and natural cosmetics companies all over the world.
Meet some of our more than 700 employees from different departments