The Moringa Cooperative
Growing rural livelihoods through the potential of Moringa trees
The Moringa Cooperative is a for-profit business focused on improving food security in an impoverished rural area of South Africa. The enterprise is piloting to donate Moringa trees to local eco-schools, which are then cared for by teachers, students and young school leavers. The seeds will be harvested and pressed to extract organic oil, which is sold to local cosmetic raw ingredient manufacturer, 2014 SEED Award winner Botanica Natural Products.
It combines a nutritional product – leaf powder – with a cosmetic by-product – oil – to create a potentially profitable company that works with and supports local eco-schools and rural communities.
The enterprise is women-run and facilitates young women to gain skills, generate income and contribute to their communities. As the only organic Moringa oil producer in South Africa, the enterprise has established a promising new value chain from a local resource.
The Moringa Cooperative is a for-profit enterprise that works with local schools and communities to cultivate Moringa trees.
Botanica Natural Products (Pty) Ltd purchases Moringa seed oils and markets them to African and European clients for cosmetic purposes.
Mogalakwena Research Centre conducts ecological and anthropological research in the local community and is involved in local eco‑school initiatives.
WESSA provides guidance on engaging with schools and local communities in a respectful and ethical way.
Ramaahlo and Modikoa schools are partners for the pilot phase and will receive Moringa for harvesting and cultivation.
The 2015 SEED Awards in 2 South African provinces are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.