Honoring Family Through Volunteerism

Holding Hands

Honoring Family Through Volunteerism

Everybody has their own unique reason for why they want to volunteer. For Barbara Hansen that reason was very close to home - literally - in her home. “My husband and I adopted our daughter from Ethiopia, and while visiting the country during the adoption process we had the opportunity to meet with small business owners,” she said. “I was impressed by their strong desire to be successful and inspired by their energy and enthusiasm. Volunteering with PFS gave me the opportunity to connect with small Ethiopian businesses again and honor my daughter’s heritage.”

Barbara, a North America hub manager at DSM, has been volunteering with DH Geda, a flour processor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, since April of 2019. As the client lead, Barbara is responsible for making sure projects are as successful as possible and the client feels confident in the project volunteers’ recommendation.

In partnership with TechnoServe and USAID, PFS volunteers helped DH Geda complete a wheat germ product development project that created a new revenue stream for them. “The reaction of DH Geda when they realized how to do something, or what they could do, was priceless,” Barbara said. “For me, the opportunity to volunteer with PFS is something I am thankful for. I admire the talents of all the technical experts and the client’s team who have helped on the project. It is so good to see so many people doing something meaningful and that is what makes it worth the time.”

Today, DH Geda is the only company in Ethiopia selling wheat germ. They are currently selling in limited quantities but have plans to sell in bulk once they are able to stabilize the wheat germ.

General Mills
General Mills, the founding member of Partners in Food Solutions, is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Cargill
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 150,000 people in 70 countries.
DSM
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
Bühler
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, in particular production technologies and services for producing foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a over 10,000 employees worldwide.
Hershey
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, PA, is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks.
Ardent Mills
Ardent Mills is dedicated to helping our customers innovate and grow, with the industry’s broadest range of flours, mixes, blends and specialty products.
Smucker's
Inspired by more than 120 years of business success and five generations of family leadership, The J. M. Smucker Company makes food that people and pets love. The Company’s portfolio of 40+ brands, which are found in 90 percent of U.S. homes and countless restaurants, include iconic products consumers have always loved such as Folgers, Jif and Milk-Bone plus new favorites like Café Bustelo, Smucker’s Uncrustables and Rachael Ray Nutrish.