The first installment in a new series of posts by Zambia-born documentary filmmaker Franco Sacchi tells the story of Ariff Shamji, the CEO of AAA Growers. After being educated abroad, Shamji returned to Kenya to found an agriculture company that would go on to employ over 4,000 people.
“A lot of people in the industry were looking at what we were doing even though we were small. Our model attracted major retailers in the U.K. If these retailers are willing to buy from me, surely I can make this work,” recalls Ariff. In just a few years, AAA Growers was able to build three more farms and employ over 4,000 people.
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