Tapera Industries Ltd was founded in Zambia in 2009 as a small scale bio-fuel business in Lusaka. They work with local restaurants to collect waste vegetable oils, which they clean and then process into soap products. On average, Tapera procures over 300 litres per month. To date they have processed over 150,000 litres of used cooking oil into bio-diesel fuel.
The company has signed up over 1500 small scale farmers on its out grower programme. Tapera’s team of dedicated employees work with the farmers to manage existing jatropha curcas trees. The nuts produced from these trees are harvested from January to May, annually. These nuts are then transported to the storage points in preparation for processing before they are processed into Jatropha Straight Vegetable Oil (JSVO) and Seed Cake.
Their vision is to be the leading producer of bio-diesel fuel in the Southern Africa region.
Natural soap products
The TAPA Laundry bar is a multi-purpose soap that is highly effective and can cut through grease while maintaining the properties of a mild and gentle soap. The company produces soap from vegetable oils through the process of saponification, It is made by saponifying vegetable oils and fats with lye to make soap bars.The laundry bars are their biggest mover, which they supply to mass markets in Lusaka’s biggest market, Soweto.
Tapera Industries is duly registered with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), Lusaka City Council (LCC), Zambia Environment Management Agency (ZEMA) for used cooking oil waste management license and has been product tested for conformity on soap products derived from used cooking oil processing. Tapera is also affiliated to the Zambia Renewable Energy Alliance (ZARENA).Products
- Tapa natural soap (Chinkondia)
- Biodiesel fuel
- Jatorpha seed
- Jatropha high protein animal feed