The Moringa Cooperative
The Moringa Cooperative is the only South African company to produce organically certified Moringa oil, combining nutritional Moringa leaf powder production with processing oil as a high-value cosmetic by-product. The company works with, and educates, local eco-schools and communities. It cooperates with both for-profit organisations and NGOs to ensure a sustainable, green business model.
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.
- Plant a first batch of 1,000 Moringa trees by December 2015.
- Roll out to a further ten identified eco-schools in Limpopo Province in the first quarter of 2016. A scale-up to a total of 56 schools is planned for 2017.
- Harvest seeds to produce a minimum of 2,000 litres of Moringa oil by the end of 2016.
- Obtain Ecocert organic certification for both the leaf powder and oil.