ILO Tango is a powdered-drink manufacturing company established in 2002. After the collapse of light industry in 1991, businesses in Somaliland focused their efforts on importing finished products, rather than producing goods locally. An entrepreneur named Hassan noticed that the high demand for fruit-flavored powdered drink mixes outpaced the availability of the then-imported supply, and founded ILO Tango to address this gap. ILO Tango sells its products wholesale to retailers, supermarkets, restaurants, and fuel stations.
The company has been in business for 19 years using the same equipment as the day production began. In addition to the need for updated machinery, ILO Tango has experienced an increase in the demand for its drink mixes. Through a loan from the Nordic Horn of Africa Opportunities Fund, ILO Tango plans to purchase four new machines and raw materials to expand its production capacity.