October 2017 - "The Miracle Tree In Ghana"

When co-founders Kwami and Emily first traveled to Ghana in 2012, they were struck by the incredible potential of the moringa tree. Known locally as the miracle tree for it's nutritional benefits (the leaves contain more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, and more protein than yogurt, gram for gram), moringa was planted by NGOs throughout West Africa to prevent malnutrition. However, farmers had limited resources to care for and cultivate these trees, and without a connection to a global market, there was no way for farmers to grow moringa beyond the household scale and break the cycle of poverty. 

So Kwami and Emily took the unused part of the tree - the seeds - back to their labs at MIT where they figured out how to cold-press them into a deeply moisturizing, anti-aging beauty oil that outperforms argan, jojoba, and coconut. Today, they manage the first vertically integrated supply chain for moringa, connecting 2500 small farming families to conscious consumers like you by providing tools and training to their farmers to kickstart their moringa farms, purchasing seeds from farmers at a fair price, and cold-pressing their oils locally in Ghana, in a processing center they designed and built by hand. This year, they will plant one million moringa trees to combat malnutrition and deforestation, launching Africa's largest certified organic moringa farm