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In the news: Student works with rural farmers in Africa to sell dried mangoes

April 9th, 2019
student standing with farmers in Africa

Caleb McCullough, The Daily Iowan

When Hayden Vest traveled across the world to aid farmers in Africa, he realized he was a part of something bigger than himself.

Vest, a junior at the University of Iowa, is part of Blue Mangoes, a social enterprise that works with rural communities to create dehydrators for small-scale mango farmers to produce dried fruit before exporting and selling the product in the U.S.

CEO and founder Joshua Shefner started Blue Mangoes after a project during his freshman year of college. Vest began working with Blue Mangoes after receiving a LinkedIn request from Shefner.

Shefner said he was looking to hire employees in May 2018, and Vest’s major in international relations sparked his interest.