I am originally from Oakland, California but am currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin. In the U.S., I studied environmental science while part time working for one of the leading moringa social enterprises, Kuli Kuli. Upon arrival in Benin, I was introduced to Pierrette Djemain, a widowed Beninese mother to 5 with an incredible drive to empower other widowed women through her moringa powder enterprise, PAC. For the past year I have been working to connect these two change makers by improving the quality of PAC's moringa powder to allow exportation to Kuli Kuli.
Thank you very much for the support! You bring up a very good point in regards to quality. It is something we do not take lightly. We thrive to meet the quality criteria we have received from our potential American and European export partners. To do so, unfortunately, it takes money. Although all hygienic control is taken very seriously, our current processing center and equipment has not allowed us to reach the level of quality we need. In 2018 we aim to have upgraded our center and equipment to ensure a high quality, exportable product.
Really interesting reading about pongamia on your profile! It sounds like it has the power to really challenge and reshape the unsustainable agricultural system we have in place in the United States. Thanks for reaching out! Wishing you the best of luck.
Many people here call it the "miracle tree" because of its' incredible nutritional value. Great job with all you have done to improve the lives of so many women and children in Ethiopia! Wishing you the best of luck.