About Us

We’re a dynamic team striving to make the world a better place every day, meal by meal.

Our Journey

2018

2018
  • Tei Mukunya and Wilco Vermeer start exploring possibilities to dry vegetables and fruit in Kenya using a new drying method first discovered in the Netherlands.

2020

2020
  • We start NatureLock with the objective to contribute to reducing post-harvest losses and create affordable nutritious food for all.

2020

2020
  • During the initial Covid-19 lockdown we adapt and improve the preservation method to the circumstances of Kenya.
  • Our first social impact investor joins us.
  • Our first consumer testing in the Nairobi area indicates high interest of Kenyan consumers.

2021

2021
  • We move into our first production location near Nairobi International Airport and launch our first product line: StewsDay instant stews.

What’s next?

What’s next?
  • We install our first on-farm drying units and add more product lines that are affordable and reduce post-harvest losses.
  • We set up a StewsDay street vendor programme that enables entrepreneurial women and youth to start their own business, and makes affordable nutritious street food accessible to all.

By 2025

By 2025
  • StewsDay stews are sold throughout Kenya and neighbouring East African countries.
  • We supply gently dried nutritious meals to schools throughout Kenya.
  • We are enabling thousands of African smallholder farmers to preserve their excess produce with affordable NatureLock drying units, generating more income and new employment opportunities.
  • We operate multiple large production locations in Africa.

Meet the Team

Tei-Mukunya
Tei Mukunya Oundo
CEO / Co-Founder

"Our team is as diverse and different as it's new products - like nothing you ever experienced"

eddie
Eddie Omobe
Lead Product Development & Process Innovation

"Insatiable curiosity leads to incredible adventures"

Wilco-Vermeer
Wilco Vermeer
Co-Founder / New Ventures Officer

"The big challenge is making nutritious food affordable"

Rebecca-Odawa
Rebecca Odawa
Lead Sales and Marketing

"If everyone seems to be doing it one way we can definitely do it the other way"

Michael-Vermeer
Michael Vermeer
Food Systems Impact & Communications Director

“There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

Nanda
Nanda Siegert
Lead Business and Brand Development Europe

"Never stop wondering, never stop wandering"

Neema
Neemo Omondi
Human Resources Director

“Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled and grateful is a natural human right to which we are all entitled and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find.” ― Simon Sinek

Nancy
Nancy Mwangi
Production Manager

"We’re proudly pursuing sustainability in the food value chain"

Mercy
Mercy Ndeti
Finance Assistant

"For success Attitude is equally important as ability"

Faith
Faith Weru
Food Safety and Product Development Assistant

"The future depends on what we do today"

Irene
Irene Akinyi
Front Office and Security Administrator

"Nothing is impossible for those who try"

Githua
Sospeter Githua
Procurement Officer

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you"

Our Solid Seven

We are making nutritious food the most affordable and convenient option in people’s daily lives – especially for low income groups in sub-Saharan Africa.

We create our products with food loss reduction in mind: Which field-fresh ingredients are going to waste? Can we naturelock them into lush, creative and well known affordable end products in order to preserve their natural goodness, amazing tastes and nutritional values?

We are a social impact enterprise. The profits we make are reinvested into making more affordable healthy food, reducing food loss and increasing small farmer’s access to modular processing units. We are open to collaborate with any organisation that shares our cause and values.

Our systems provide an alternative to scaling-up African agriculture to industrial-scale farm sizes, by directly aggregating yields from smallholder farm networks. We believe that the big challenges of this era such as achieving food security, poverty alleviation, gender equality, preserving biodiversity and climate adaptation go hand in hand with improved smallholder farmer livelihoods.

This means using natural ingredients free from artificial flavours and preservatives in our food. We stimulate sustainable agricultural practices throughout our supply chain, such as agro-ecology, intercropping and non-GMO foods.

We make sure that the added value produced at the source of food production stays close to the farmer level. Everything from the assembly of processing units to R&D of new product lines is done in Africa. African consumers are our main focus. Revenues from exports only serve to make our mission in Africa succeed.

Living wages, good job development opportunities, our non-discrimination policy and regular contact with our suppliers are just some of the measures we take.