The proceeds from the sale of Kilifi Moringa products on our website benefit the local community in Kilifi through different regulated projects.
The Community Water Project
The Chipande Community Water Project is sponsored by the United Nations, in collaboration with Manfriday’s Mida Cove, a boutique hotel located in the local area. The Kilifi Moringa Foundation will replace the hotel’s position in supporting the Community Water Project.
The Project consists of a Water Purification plant, powered by Wind and Solar technology, situated at a local school. The plant provides clean, safe, potable water to the community, which reduces the risk of water-borne illness. The project delivers real benefits and shared wealth, to a marginalized community on the fringes of a major coastal tourist destination – the Watamu seafront.
We have partnered with “People living with HIV” group to develop a model farm in one of the local health centers.
This farm provides nutritional supplements to members and will soon start providing them with additional income, as the trees begin to bear seed that we will purchase.
With these clinics being the primary care centers for pre-natal, neo-natal and post-natal women, these farms are providing direct access to Moringa nutrition. With the new funds that we are raising, we plan to expand this type of partnership to other clinics and schools.
Soyo Soyo Academy classroom
Another project that has been completed, is the construction of a neccessary classroom for a primary school in Matsangoni: The Soyo Soyo Academy.
Who benefits from Moringa?
So who benefits from an ethical moringa industry? Women, elderly people, people with disabilities and people living with HIV, school children, pre-natal, neo-natal and post-natal mothers. These groups in particular, hundreds of others, and later thousands of people, are the true winners of the cultivation of moringa in the region.
The Kenyan people in general
The yield from current maize-cultivation is less than $40 per acre/year. The cultivation of moringa could increase this to over $1,000. This outcome alone decreases rural poverty in the area and the social problems that occur as a result of poverty. Moringa provides food, health and economic security to households via its edible leaf and its oil-bearing seed. Vulnerable groups such as older people and young people without support. Widows and single women can now participate without the harsh labor requirements of traditional (esp. maize) cultivation.
Moringa is best planted in rows, with individuals plants spaced 2.5 m apart, which leaves plenty of space for other plants in the same plot. Moringa is well-suited to inter-cropping with other food crops, in particular leguminous crops, such as locally grown peas, beans, lentils, peanuts, with cow peas, beans and peanuts, which are staple products of coastal subsistence agriculture. Legumes are also a well-known means of maintaining soil fertility through their nitrogen-fixing root nodules and therefore are recommended for crop rotation and inter-cropping agriculture. Inter-cropping moringa and its nutritive content with these crops could thus deliver a nutrition package that would be hard to beat, while delivering a sustainable soil maintenance to secure soil fertility on a long term basis.
In Africa, women are the primary caretakers of rural agriculture. Moringa provides an increase in food, economic, health and social security to this group. And even more important: it frees women from the demanding work of maize production.
We support a womens clinic in Kilifi County where we give them the plants and the pregnant women are given Moringa for improved health. When they start breastfeeding, the newborn baby receives the benefits of the Moringa through the mother’s milk!
We have a Kilifi Moringa Scholarship, and 10% of the profit of Moringa Power goes directly to the Kilifi Moringa Foundation. If you would like to directly sponsor a child, click HERE to be redirected to the Foundation Scholarship programme. It is the goal of Kilifi Moringa Estates to keep girls, especially, in school and to support their continuing education. It has been shown that educating the women is the surest way to raise the standard of living in rural communities.
Kilifi County is 34th out of 47 counties in Kenya in per capita income—near the bottom, at 28%. Our Outgrowers are 77% women, supporting families with an average of 8 people, spanning 3-4 generations. Planting Moringa trees gives the farmers a consistent source of not only income from sale of leaf and seed, but food. Moringa leaves are highly nutritious and are consumed 2-3 times a week by the average family.
It is usually the case, when money is scarce, that the boys are educated and the girls are not, thus creating a large gender gap in education and even larger gender inequality. At Kilifi Moringa Foundation, we aim to close these gaps and empower women to achieve their full potential.
People with disabilities and HIV groups
Kilifi Moringa has already engaged with an HIV-support group through our Outgrower farm at a local Health Centre. The nutrition that moringa oleifera delivers is a ready-made, low-cost addition to the health of people who are HIV positive and people with disabilities.
Elderly and Retirees
It is a core tradition of African life that retired people return to the rural homestead to live out their older years. Moringa cultivation provides lower labor requirement for older people, high value nutrition and income. The sad reality of rural, elderly poor can be directly and significantly alleviated.
Youth skills development
As a commercial project involving significant technical aspects such as oil-seed processing, crop husbandry, sustainable agriculture and facility productivity, we provide a solid foundation for the transfer of skills to local youths, in particular to students or young people who left education prematurely, and who have few other prospects.
Local government: tension relief
Additional tax revenues from this project is a major benefit for local government; in addition to this would be a reduced demand for the local population’s income increases, with self-funding of local solutions. A more affluent population is also calmer and more politically measured. Poverty and unemployment, the root-causes of political discontent, is alleviated. Revenue diversification, especially in view of the volatile tourist trade hit by terrorism, will be a major achievement.