In Wynne, Arkansas, Kim Matthews co-owns Matthews Ridgeview Farms, where she grows, packages and ships sweet potatoes to Walmart stores. Over the years, she’s used her partnership with Walmart not only to grow the business, but also to help her community.
In 2009, Kim started Delta Blue Farms, a co-op in Phillips County that helps beginning farmers, especially minority farmers, market and sell their produce. Because of her existing relationship with Walmart, Kim has been able to assist the farmers in her co-op as they establish their own supplier relationships with Walmart and Sam’s Club locations all around the country.
At Delta Blue Farms, Kim now employs 25 to 40 people year round. And that number continues to grow, adding more jobs to the local economy. Kim has also been very involved in the local community and donated to food shelters and local churches. Currently, she is working with the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff to add more growers to the Delta Blues co-op.
“There’s nothing more satisfying…than when they call you, and they say, ‘hey, you’re doing something good,’” she said.
Women like Kim Matthews, who not only supply us with quality products but also give back to their communities, are why we’ve committed to sourcing $20 billion to women-owned businesses in the United States. And why globally, we’re doubling our sourcing from women-owned businesses in every market.