Enygma Ventures Announces R9.2 million Investment in Black Mamba Foods


Enygma Ventures is delighted to announce that Black Mamba Foods, an ethical producer of specialty foods based in Eswatini (former Swaziland), has become the fund’s latest pioneering investment

“We are very pleased to partner with Black Mamba, to scale their growth across the continent and beyond. Black Mamba is an incredible brand that not only elevates women and sustainable farming but also makes the world a better place for all of us” says Sarah Dusek, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Enygma Ventures.

Since 2010 local African small scale farmers and producers have enjoyed the sourcing support of Black Mamba who manufacture a range of chilli sauces, pestos, pickles, chutneys and jams, all of which are made from natural, fresh ingredients without artificial flavours or preservatives. Black Mamba creates market access and income for the farmers, who are mostly women, increasing food security for many rural families. A win-win situation all round.

From the beginning, Black Mamba knew that the work they did must not only have a social, but also an environmental impact. The farmers are trained in permaculture and regenerative farming practices that are good for the planet. The company is also committed to foster sustainability through their packaging.  

Claudia Castellanos, Co-Founder and CEO of Black Mamba Foods, stated “We are extremely excited about this partnership with Enygma Ventures. The financial and strategic support will allow us to scale Black Mamba exponentially. It validates our business model, based on building a fun and modern African brand of high quality food products while promoting inclusiveness of rural communities and green agriculture.”

The R9.2 million investment further strengthens the R100 million VC fund’s portfolio of growing women-owned African businesses. 

Creating a conducive environment in which women can thrive and succeed

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