The healing potential of the moringa tree is being recognized in Kenya with a growing business.
A story in the Daily Nation tells how Elizabeth Mbogo has established a business from moringa after she was given the seeds to help her in breastfeeding her child.
Native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, Moringa oleifera is today widely cultivated in Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America. In some regions, the young seed pods are eaten, while in others, the leaves are the most commonly used part of the plant. The bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds, oil, and flowers are used in traditional medicine in several countries.
After realizing the benefits of moringa, Mbogo further investigated the seeds and with assistance from the World Agroforestry Centre and Ministry of Agriculture, she gathered the knowledge required to create her business, Botanic treasures, which processes, distributes and sells products from the moringa tree.
Mbogo now works with a network of 500 farmers in Kenya to grow the tree. After processing in their factory based at Karen, Nairobi, the various herbal products from moringa are supplied to supermarkets and distributors in and outside the country.
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