Monica Musonda: Founder & CEO Java Foods - Building and Scaling a Household Food Brand
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Monica Musonda is CEO & Founder of Java Foods, a Zambian based food processing company. Java Foods first product was “eeZee Instant Noodles”, which has become Zambia’s leading instant noodle brand. Java Foods also manufactures and distributes eeZee Supa Cereal (a fortified instant cereal/porridge). 

Her experience working with one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs gave her the impetus to start her own business and in 2012, she moved back to Zambia and set up Java Foods.  In a country where the landscape is dominated by foreign multinationals, Java Foods is a Zambian business run by a Zambian woman. Monica is one of a few Zambian women involved in manufacturing/agro-processing at a scalable level. 

Monica currently serves as non-executive director on several boards including Airtel Networks Zambia Plc & Zambia Breweries (where she is chair) She also serves as a judge for the Cartier Women's Initiative. The Cartier Women's Initiative runs an annual international entrepreneurship programme that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006, the programme is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact. To learn more and apply for the programme visit

Monica's African Business Story is dedicated to building national pride and supporting other female entrepreneurs. By creating good food at affordable prices using local produce, she has built a brand that Zambian are proud of and which is also enjoyed across Southern Africa. She is a champion for nutrition and an advocate for female entrepreneurs across Africa.  

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