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Q & A With Wendy Vesela-Ntimbani of Matomani

Mopani insects, scientifically known as Gonimbrasia belina, are a species of edible caterpillar found across many African countries, including Zimbabwe. They are a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, making them a valuable dietary resource for local communities. Matomani is a proudly South African company using mopani insects to provide the masses with a sustainable, low-impact, organic, and healthy protein option.

South African Mopane worm.

Q. What is your passion? Tell us about it.

A. Natural and pure source of protein, which is the mopani insects.

Q. What inspired you to pursue this passion? Tell us the story.

A. Preservation, local community and [environment] inspired me to start. I want to change lives by using a indigenous, pure healthy product to [impact] lives. We create job opportunities for rural community, fair trade opportunities and use the product for food security.

Q. What makes your creation unique?

A. There is nothing like our product. Mopani insect have the [highest] protein you can find in the world. They have all essential amino acids that we need. Its all natural and pure. Only found in a specific region of Southern Africa.

Q. Tell us about your creative process.

A. We created health insect based products that are unique and special. We wanted people who care about the environment, their health to share in the goodness of the products.

Matomani Dark Choc Coated Mopani Protein Bar
Image courtesy of Matomani.

Q. Who is your audience? How do you engage them?

A. Our target audience cares about their health and well being. Consumers that what a portion of what their spent on the product to go towards an [impactful] cause such as feeding people, planting a tree, community skills development.

Q. What experience does your passion create? What can recipients expect?

A. Pure and natural products that is health and perfect for what the body needs to function optimally.

Q. Where can your creations be found?

A. Coming soon to US. Follow us on social media to learn where to find out products in the US.

Q. What is next?

A. More impact, reaching more people indeed, plating more trees, preserving [natural] food resources.

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