The pilot project was carried out for four months, from October 2106 to January 2017. From Oct 21 till Nov 27, HSWC purchased and processed about 79 tons (78,950 kg) of grapes from farmers via the middle-men with the total amount of 2,052,700 Afs ($31,102). Out of this amount, 1,973,750 Afs ($29,905) was paid to the farmers and 78,950 Afs ($1,196) received by middle-men as their commission and wages. A further 2.2 tons (2,200 kg) of grapes were purchased from Mazar markets as the company received juice orders from the wholesalers and the grapes were not available from farmers.
During the mentioned period, HSWBC produced and sold 15,951 packages (1 package is 12 bottles) of grape juice (191,412 bottles) According to the supply records of the company, the grape juice marketed successfully to wholesalers and retailers in three provinces in the North – Balkh, Jowzjan and Faryab districts. One package (12 bottles) of grape juice is sold at 230 Afs ($3.5) or 19.2 Afs/bottle ($0.30).. In total, the company earned 286,972 Afs ($4,348) as net cash income out of this business. During this pilot phase, 3 company workers worked for 3 months on a monthly salary and 6 workers worked (3 men 3 women) as daily workers for one month. In terms of capacity building, during this pilot phase 3 workers were trained in grape juice processing by the visiting consultant. This is a valuable human resource that the company can draw on as needed.