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Woman-Owned West African Business Enters U.S. Market

  • Guinea
  • Agriculture

The Challenge

Tahara & Fils, a Guinean-based palm oil business, was ready to expand beyond the local market, but needed support to enter and compete in foreign markets. Tahara & Fils needed to meet U.S. import standards so they could benefit from trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides businesses in Guinea and other eligible sub-Saharan African countries duty-free access to the U.S. market.

“The lack of expertise in international trade and capacity deficiencies limited our farmers and other producers from taking advantage of new market opportunities.”

Tahara Haidara Diallo Founder of Tahara & Fils

Our Solution & Impact

With assistance from the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Tahara & Fils gained expertise on exporting to the United States under AGOA and registered their product with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With this technical assistance, Tahara & Fils shipped their first container of palm oil to a distributor in Maryland.

“We have learned how to apply strict quality criteria, fill out required documentation, and improve our export billing process. These exports enable our growth and investments in new markets and give more value to our products.”

Tahara Haidara Diallo Founder of Tahara & Fils