As many complain the hardship the global pandemic, Covid-19 has brought on them, an Agro Entrepreneur, Ibenero Tobiloba Tolase has found a creative way through her company, Teemark Food Company to help people alleviate their hunger pains.
Tolase, a graduate of Pure and Applied Chemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has started producing and processing raw foods such as garri Ijebu, yam flour and plantain flour.
With support from well-meaning Nigerians, she’s been able to feed over 200 families in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, as they partner with her to package foodstuff under N4000 to feed each family in a bid to give hope, pending when things the economic hardship will subside.
According to her, she said her love for food and agriculture inspired her to start Teemarkfood.
“One of the ways I feel fulfilled is seeing people have access to quality food and which has been my mantra since I was a child”, she said.
She said she understands what it means to be hungry because she’s been there before and the reason why she embarked on the project at a time like this.
“There was a point in my life when we had nothing to eat as a family, it was a very difficult time and with that understanding, knowing that there are families out there who do not have anything to feed on but might be reluctant to ask from friends and families, the next thing I thought of was reaching out to them first”
Tolase explained that the major challenge she has in the business is transporting and getting the food from one place to the other for people to have access to it easily.
“We are doing our best to give hope and lighten the people’s burden. We are also calling on well- meaning Nigerians to help alleviate their pains by partnering with us through our platform to feed more people.
She said inaccessibility to loan facilities, bad roads and lack of right education on agricultural products are major challenges agropreneurs like her face in producing food faster and deliver to consumers.
Away from Agriculture, Tolase is also passionate about issues that affect women and young girls, which does through her Girlscrib Initiative.
She helps sensitise women and teenage girls on the importance of menstrual health and also distributes sanitary pads to secondary school girls.
Tolase is also the Creative Director of Jembridals, a one-stop bridal shop for traditional wedding and aso-ebi and also volunteers for Project Smile, an NGO that reaches out to the orphans all over Nigeria.
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