Momarr Mass Taal is the founder of Tropingo Foods, a Gambian Agro Processing Company. Momarr is a seasoned social entrepreneur; with over 11 years’ experience, starting his first company at the age of 17.
Momarr started by printing t-shirts in his dorm room for friends and gradually grew that hobby into a successful clothing brand, Malyka Clothing. Within a few years Malyka Clothing was outsourcing production in Bangladesh and struggling to keep up with growing demand from the 5 countries they were selling in.
With the intention to build a business that would add value to local resources as well as address youth underemployment in The Gambia, Momarr Founded Tropingo Foods in 2014. Momarr found that most local producers, particularly farmers, had market access problems and set about building a business which used value addition to create that market. Tropingo Foods was born out of this vision in 2014, an indigenous food processing and export company, with a mission to establish Gambia as a regional hub to supply the world with quality food products. To date Tropingo Foods has grown to one of the premier exporters in The Gambia, creating employment for over 160 women and youth.
Besides business Momarr is actively involved in the community and serves as the outgoing curator of the WEF Global Shapers Banjul Hub. In this capacity Momarr has spearheaded numerous community initiatives such as Ebola Free Gambia and various Mentorship programs.
¬ 2005 – 2012 – Founder, CEO. Malyka Clothing (Toronto, Canada)
¬ 2010 – 2014 – Founder, MD. Coccio Group (Banjul, The Gambia)
¬ 2015 – present – Founder, CEO Tropingo Foods (Banjul, The Gambia)
Momarr has received global recognition for his business and community involvement including:
¬ 2016 Forbes Africa – 30 under 30 Entrepreneurs Africa
¬ 2016 Choiseul Top 100 Africa Future Economic Leaders
¬ The Future Awards Africa 2015 – Agriculture Entrepreneur of the year nominee
¬ Tony Elumelu Foundation
Tropingo Foods is a food processing company based in Gambia established to create sustainable access to market for local produce by developing value chains and producing value added goods mainly for export. Tropingo Foods was established in 2015 and now employs 180 staff, majority of which are women. In an attempt to tackle Crop loss in the mango sector, tropingo foods has established a mango factory that provides access to market to once dormant mango farms in The Gambia in the process equipping out growers with the technical assistance needed to increase quality of produce to meet standards required for further processing. Our processing activities allows Tropingo Foods to maximize value derived from mangos for all stake holders along the value chain and exports generate much needed foreign currency for Government. Tropingo Foods has also grown to become one of the largest processors and exporters of groundnuts from The Gambia. Tropingo Foods has been recognized locally and internationally for its impact on rural communities, youth and women.