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All-natural and organic dried fruits and gluten-free flour empowering rural women farmers by transforming waste into opportunity.
All-natural and organic dried fruits and gluten-free flour empowering rural women farmers by transforming waste into opportunity.
199 backers pledged $10,928 to help bring this project to life.
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Blue Mangoes - World's Most Natural, Empowering Dried Fruits

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Our Origins

We love to say our fruits have a story: empowering rural women farmers, we work with over 500 women and a network of nearly 3,000 farmers in Uganda, Kenya, Haiti, Liberia and Jamaica.

Each year, billions of pounds of tropical fruits go to waste in rural communities without the means to sell or preserve them. Mangoes are our favorite, but pineapples, guava, papaya, jackfruit and others go to waste before they make it to the table.

Ladies of Broadway - Blue Mangoes Cooperative in Uganda
Ladies of Broadway - Blue Mangoes Cooperative in Uganda

Meanwhile, many women in the rural communities we partner with don't have paid work and are often excluded from loans. And farmers in these communities are often taken advantage of by large fruit companies lying to farmers about prices and manipulating local markets.

So we created Blue Mangoes: an ethically-sourced, 100% organic and all-natural dried fruit lineup that is better for people and the planet. The fruit tastes truly natural because it is dried with the sun using an ancient technique we've modernized. We wait for our fruits to be naturally dried and don't use a single preservative in the process.

Blue Mangoes Packages
Blue Mangoes Packages

A Special Kind of Dried

Packed with vitamins, dried fruits are the healthiest and sweetest snacks around. We use fruits from all across the world and have many species and flavors for each fruit. Because we don't include any additives, our fruits keep their natural colors so you can tell they're 100% real.

Real Blue Mangoes Dried Fruits
Real Blue Mangoes Dried Fruits

Zero preservatives. Absolutely no sugar added. Sourced from only the purest trees.

The best part? Passive solar dried. We don't even use electricity. We improved on an ancient technique for preserving fruits and made it a food-safe, efficient, and zero-emission process.

Here's a simple way to look at what we stand for.
Here's a simple way to look at what we stand for.

Passive solar dehydrators aren't new, but we're the first fruit company to use them! Jack is here to walk you through how a passive solar dehydrator works.

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What it Means to Buy Blue Mangoes

When you back Blue Mangoes, you're not just buying amazing dried fruit--you're changing livelihoods across the world. By empowering women to have sustainable, local jobs, you provide them with resources to enable them to better care for their families and themselves.

And because of your backing, farmers don't have to waste the majority of their crops. Up-cycling waste from naturally abundant trees and smallholder farms allows rural villages to increase their food security and for farmers to grow their wages.

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Increased incomes and better livelihoods is the fuel for building stronger communities. These new incomes are reinvested in healthcare for families, schooling, and community projects. By putting money in the right hands, communities are able to reach new heights.

The Ladies of Broadway are a 13-member women's cooperative in the Acholi region of Northern Uganda. Their dehydrators are at Broadway School: a boarding school for orphaned youth and founded by a former refugee. The Ladies of Broadway help to support students in this program as well as their own families.

Vilaj Mozayik in Haiti is a four-times displaced community trying desperately to fund the move for over 100 families to escape the violence-ridden region of Port-au-Prince to the highlands in Hinche.

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The Team Behind Your Fruits

Behind the bag are these friendly folks. Founded by a few rebellious college students in 2016, Blue Mangoes has grown to be a diverse international team speaking over 13 languages. That's right, we counted.

For three years we have built Blue Mangoes into the social enterprise we want it to be. During this time we've been creating the right business model, designing the best dehydrators, and establishing trust with our communities. We won a Wisconsin TV Show and were featured in the news. You can see ... we've grown over these few short years.

The Blue Mangoes Team
The Blue Mangoes Team

Breadfruit Flour

What the heck?! You came here for fruits and we're telling you about flour?

Breadfruit flour is a gluten-free flour and is made of 100% organic fruit. It's the only starch in the world that grows from a tree. Think of a potato with the vitamins of fruit.

It's for real. Sourced from women's cooperatives and businesses in Haiti and Jamaica.
It's for real. Sourced from women's cooperatives and businesses in Haiti and Jamaica.

We're partnered with the Trees That Feed Foundation to bring you the best gluten-free flour in the world. They plant trees across the world and breadfruit is their favorite.

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Just look at the 100% fruit bar snacks you can make with them and our favorite brand ambassador: 

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Farm to Table

Knowing where your food comes from is so important. We believe in rekindling the relationship with the people who grow the food we eat. A packaged bag of mystery fruits doesn't cut it.

Every bag of Blue Mangoes fruits and flours have a sticker and QR code called, "Find My Farm." Follow the code and you will be taken to a page on our website built specifically for you to meet the farmers, women, and community behind the delicious dried fruit you're eating.

You can also follow the fruit's journey. The page shows you the entire documented trip from farm to dehydrator to package and then it's journey across the world to you.

Know the story of your fruit. Follow its journey across the world with this QR code!
Know the story of your fruit. Follow its journey across the world with this QR code!

Food Safety

You might be wondering how we ensure our products are safe. Fair question, considering we keep bragging about zero electricity and the rural areas our fruits come from.

All of our products are tested, just as everything else you snack on. Our priority is to make sure they meet U.S. standards and are safe to eat. We do not compromise safety for anything. Want more of an explanation? Josh has got you covered:

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Why Kickstarter?

We're raising the final money we need to pay our farmers for your fruits and to package and ship them to you. Investors' visions for unsustainable growth didn't match with our values: we wouldn't be able to make our promise of transparency and ensure our impact.

Finally, we want to say thank you. Thank you for helping us accomplish our vision of having a real impact on real people's lives all around the world. Because of your backing, we're now all world changers. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

We've worked for three years to build partnerships with communities across the world. Our Kickstarter will help fund the last bit we need to have our fruits packaged and shipped. While we have intentionally set a late date of delivery for our fruits to allow for unexpected delays, it is still possible that fruit may arrive a month or two later because they are farmed. It's a good thing we're already drying them for you!

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    Follow the Journey

    Welcome to the team! Thanks for following our updates. You'll also get access to the backer-only video journal of the women of Blue Mangoes cooperatives and their stories.

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    BREADFRUIT FLOUR STARTER'S KIT

    Be the first to have your bags of gluten-free, 100% organic breadfruit flour! Breadfruit flour is a high-fiber, low glycemic index alternative to wheat and other grain flours. Perfect for gluten-free baking and anyone managing blood sugar. This flour is 100% FRUIT. **U.S. SHIPPING INCLUDED**

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    DRIED MANGO *LAST WEEK SPECIAL*

    Get your 100% organic, all-natural dried mangoes! To celebrate our successful campaign, and to thank you for supporting Blue Mangoes, we're offering our dried mango option again! Each fruit comes from a farm with a story--we trace all of our fruits to their origin and share that story with you. **FREE U.S. SHIPPING**

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    DRIED FRUIT VARIETY BASKET

    Get the FULL taste of the orchard with all seven of our delicious, 100% organic, all-natural dried fruits! Each fruit comes from a farm with a story--we trace all of our fruits to their origin and share that story with you. You'll get 6 bags of mangoes and 1 bag of each of our other fruits including Kiwi and Guava! **U.S. SHIPPING INCLUDED**

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    • Organic Sun-Dried Mango
    • Organic Sun-Dried Banana, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Papaya
    • Organic Sun-Dried Kiwi & Guava
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    DRIED FRUIT SUPER BASKET *BEST VALUE*

    You know what the orchard tastes like...and you want more! Our BEST VALUE reward for everyone looking to have the best, 100% organic, all-natural dried fruits! Each fruit comes from a farm with a story--we trace all of our fruits to their origin and share that story with you. You'll get 10 bags of mangoes and 2 bags of each of our other fruits including Kiwi and Guava! **U.S. SHIPPING INCLUDED**

    Includes:
    • 10× Organic Sun-Dried Mango
    • Organic Sun-Dried Banana, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Papaya
    • Organic Sun-Dried Kiwi & Guava
    • "ONE MANGO AT A TIME" Kickstarter-Exclusive T-Shirt
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    BREADFRUIT FLOUR BAKER'S KIT

    You're ready to get baking with your gluten-free, 100% organic breadfruit flour! Breadfruit flour is a high-fiber, low glycemic index alternative to wheat and other grain flours. Perfect for gluten-free baking and anyone managing blood sugar. This flour is 100% FRUIT. **U.S. SHIPPING INCLUDED**

    Includes:
    • Gluten-Free Breadfruit Flour
    • Breadfruit Flour Recipe Guide
    • "ONE MANGO AT A TIME" Kickstarter-Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Farmers' Stories Video Journal
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    DRIED FRUIT PARTY BASKET

    Ready to share the fruit love? Your party will go bananas for the ultimate party pack with a mission. Give the gift of dried fruits. Get the FULL taste of the orchard with all seven of our delicious, 100% organic, all-natural dried fruits! Each fruit comes from a farm with a story--we trace all of our fruits to their origin and share that story with you. **FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING**

    Includes:
    • 30× Organic Sun-Dried Mango
    • 20× Organic Sun-Dried Banana, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Papaya
    • Organic Sun-Dried Kiwi & Guava
    • "ONE MANGO AT A TIME" Kickstarter-Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Farmers' Stories Video Journal
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    BREADFRUIT FLOUR SURVIVALIST'S KIT

    Want an essentially year-long supply for ALL of your baking needs? Want our 100% fruit energy bars? Get 50 pounds of 100% organic breadfruit flour and energy bars! Can be delivered at once or up to three separate installments. Breadfruit flour is a high-fiber, low glycemic index alternative to wheat and other grain flours. Perfect for gluten-free baking and anyone managing blood sugar. This flour is 100% FRUIT. **FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING**

    Includes:
    • 50× Gluten-Free Breadfruit Flour
    • 10× 100% Fruit Energy Bars (Vegan, Organic, Paleo)
    • Breadfruit Flour Recipe Guide
    • "ONE MANGO AT A TIME" Kickstarter-Exclusive T-Shirt
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    *SOURCE VISIT for 2: JAMAICA*

    Explore our farms and live in our communities on a guided visit in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica--our namesake! We'll coordinate everything to make the trip as rewarding as possible and can't wait to meet you. We'll help you find the best time for you to buy your ticket (not included) and help coordinate everything else you want to experience while in Jamaica, but you'll have to do it without us! Fruits will arrive by January 2020, but your visit can happen as early as July 2019 according to your schedules. Can replace all fruits with 20 bags of breadfruit flour.

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    • 3-DAY SOURCE VISIT IN JAMAICA
    • 30× Organic Sun-Dried Mango
    • 20× Organic Sun-Dried Banana, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Papaya
    • Organic Sun-Dried Kiwi & Guava
    • "CRAVIN' MANGO" Sustainable T-Shirt
    • "ONE MANGO AT A TIME" Kickstarter-Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Farmers' Stories Video Journal
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    *SOURCE VISIT for 2: UGANDA*

    Explore our farms and live in our communities on a guided visit in the Acholi lands of Uganda, home to many of our cooperatives and mango forests! We'll coordinate everything to make the trip as rewarding as possible and can't wait to meet you. We'll help you find the best time for you to buy your ticket (not included) and help coordinate everything else you want to experience while in Uganda, like the safari, but you'll have to do it without us! Fruits will arrive by January 2020, but your visit can happen as early as July 2019 according to your schedules. Can replace all fruits with 20 bags of breadfruit flour.

    Includes:
    • 3-DAY SOURCE VISIT IN UGANDA
    • 30× Organic Sun-Dried Mango
    • 20× Organic Sun-Dried Banana, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Papaya
    • Organic Sun-Dried Kiwi & Guava
    • "CRAVIN' MANGO" Sustainable T-Shirt
    • "ONE MANGO AT A TIME" Kickstarter-Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Farmers' Stories Video Journal
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    DRIED MANGO *EARLY BIRD SPECIAL*

    Be the very first to have your bags of 100% organic, all-natural dried mangoes! Shipped earlier than all other fruits, thank you for supporting Blue Mangoes from the start. Each fruit comes from a farm with a story--we trace all of our fruits to their origin and share that story with you. **FREE U.S. SHIPPING**

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    • Organic Sun-Dried Mango
    • Farmers' Stories Video Journal
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    Reward no longer available 50 backers
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