Moringa is often referred to as the “Miracle tree” because it has the ability to save the lives of those in poverty. It has incredible value as a medicinal plant and it is a food source that is packed with nutrition. This nutrition is exactly what can impact the lives of malnourished children, pregnant mothers, the elderly, and HIV/AIDS patients. In countries where medicine is insufficient, there is a need for plants that can cure illness and work toward relieving malnourishment. Moringa is a plant of the future. SHAPE is taking that knowledge and working towards making Moringa a potential job source for women in Burundi.
SHAPE International is working alongside 8 women in Burundi, Africa to teach them how to take Moringa and turn it into a more accessible product. This sustainable model will be applied in agricultural projects in Haiti as well. Moringa has the greatest impact when turned into leaf powder. This process preserves the leaves and makes it easily transported to areas where the need is greatest.
Once the tree is established, the leaves can be harvested.
The Moringa leaves are first stripped off the stem and then laid out to dry. The leaves are brittle and can be crushed easily when they are ready.
The Moringa is crushed with a mortar & pestle after the drying process is complete.
The finished product has 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, 4 times the calcium of milk, and 3 times the potassium of bananas.
No wonder they call it the “Miracle tree”! By applying sustainable methods, SHAPE is re-shaping the lives of many people in Burundi and Haiti.