Botanic Treasures, a health and wellness company dealing with value addition of specialty foods, Tuesday sealed a finance agreement contract for the production and processing of Moringa with Kenya Climate Innovation Centre.
The social enterprise has empowered over 300 smallholder farmers to grow Moringa oleifera, a highly nutritious vegetable plant. The enterprise produces nutritional supplements and fortified foods that combat malnutrition and degenerative diseases, and support food security.
“We officially opened the company in 2012 which we have grown organically and that has made our entry into the market very slow. The operational cost the company needs to get by is a bit high. From the support that KCIC is offering, we will be able to run a market survey that will help us understand the marketspace,” Elizabeth Mwenda, co-founder of the organization said.
By signing this agreement, Mwenda says it will ensure a continuous social media campaign and management of the company’s presence on the internet. This will help sell their products not only international but also global.
In addition, she says the company will be organic certified and have the confidence to sell their products on large scale. “We have been outsourcing the machines and these financial support will ensure that we have our own machines.”
Botanic Treasures exists to foster increased consumption of underutilized Moringa leaf powder as a low-cost, protein and nutrient dense, ingredient for local food and beverages products in Kenya. It has developed Moringa fortified teas, porridge flour and super drinks.
“Having extra operational cost is the best thing for a company and we can now go out of our way to do the things we thought we could not do because of budget constraints,” Mwenda explained.
The Moringa Tree is known as the miracle tree with numerous health benefits. It is one of the most versatile Trees and could potentially be the game changer.
The tree is a good source of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and riboflavin and has notable amounts of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E and magnesium.
Moringa can contribute to strengthening the immune system, promote healthy circulation, support normal glucose levels, natural anti-aging benefits, provide anti-inflammatory support, promote healthy digestion, promote heightened mental clarity, boost energy without caffeine, encourage balanced metabolism, promote softer skin, provide relief from acne, support normal hormone levels amongst a wide range of other things.
Moringa is unique because it can be easily grown in tropical and subtropical regions with low cost, thereby resulting in increased usage of the plant in various applications.
It is also one of the best products to treat malnutrition in children younger than 3-years.
Moringa has the highest affinity to clean the air of greenhouse gases. “If we can have more people growing Moringa, we will have a cleaner planet and good health,” Mwenda stated.