Mabinju Village in Siaya County – Women Cultivating Power of Moringa
The Women Cultivating Power of Moringa Project is located in Mabinju Village in the Western region of Kenya. This project is a sustainable approach to combating poverty, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the community. A group of 15 women cultivates and harvests moringa, a food supplement that has many medicinal and nutritional qualities. The women who farm moringa are the most vulnerable in the community: those living with HIV/AIDs and/or single mothers. At present, the income they receive from the crop is not enough to live on and the energy and time required to plant, cut, and grind the plant into a useable powder is often too much for this group to manage.
By harvesting and selling the nutrient-rich moringa, local women receive social enterprise opportunities for cooperatives and nutrition for their families, fostering economic development and generating income. Vulnerable mothers will attain valuable entrepreneurial skills enabling them to provide for their families and ensure a better future for their children.