New neighbours boost business

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, displaced persons and palm oil production are greasing local economies.

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“I will not return to Pangoy. I have seen death there.”

Amineta often thinks back to the night she fled her village with her husband and their six children as rebel fighters attacked. “My life, and my family’s, are now in Mambasa.”

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Amineta and her family resettled in Mambasa after fleeing unrest in their home village.

Investing in Ituri

In 2017 two modern oil mills were built in Mambasa and Komanda with UNDP support and Japanese funding.

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Production is profitable, as palm oil is one of the most sought-after products in the country.
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The oil produced by the cooperative is sold at the market in Mambasa. The city of has accommodated thousands of displaced persons fleeing insecurity in the area.

Servicing the community

The cooperative generates additional income by servicing owners of palm groves and others smallholders.

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The byproduct of palm nuts processing, palm cakes, is used to feed pigs and ducks.
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