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The podcast Social Entrepreneur is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world. Every Monday you hear interviews with social entrepreneurs, founders, investors and thought leaders. Listen to the stories that led them to becoming change makers. The guests give advice for early stage and aspiring social entrepreneurs. We always end each episode with a call to action. If you're ready to change the world, join us.
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148, Kwami Williams, MoringaConnect | Unlocking the Value of Moringa to End Poverty
6 days ago
MoringaConnect connects smallholder farmers and consumers with the value of Moringa. This month on Social Entrepreneur, we’re focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 1, No Poverty. Around the world, there are people and programs working to help the poor to permanently overcome persistent poverty. Some programs work better than others. One factor that helps determine the success of poverty elimination programs is a systems approach, with consistent application over time. In order to do that, there needs to be a steady source of funding. According to the World Bank, in Sub-Saharan Africa there are 389 million people living on less than two dollars per day. Most of these are rural poor, working in agriculture on small plots of land. They are commonly referred to as smallholder farmers. Kwami Williams and Emily Cunningham met through the D-Lab at MIT. Their assignment was to work with smallholder farmers in Ghana to figure out the best way to unlock the value of the Moringa. The leaves are packed with nutrients. The seeds produce an oil with exceptional moisturizing and anti-aging benefits for skin and hair care. The problem was not the value of Moringa. The challenge was to connect the value produced by Moringa farmers to the value sought by conscious consumers. When the class was over and Kwami and Emily returned to the US, they kept working on their ideas. “It became an obsession,” Kwami told me. Kwami was studying aerospace engineering. Emily was studying economics at Harvard. But, with input from mentors, friends and early customers, they learned how to create products, build a brand and sell their products. Today, Kwami and Emily run MoringaConnect, where they manage the Moringa supply chain for smallholder farmers in Ghana. They provide farm inputs, training, value-added processing, and access to global markets. As a result, they increase the farmers’ income by 10x. They produce and sell two product lines, True Moringa beauty products and Minga Foods. Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Kwami Williams “It became an obsession.” “I’m a rocket scientist by training.” “Emily is a Harvard-trained economist.” “We fell in love with the farmers growing the trees.” “We worked with the farmers and local fabricators to build everything in-country.” “Moringa is a super crop of super crops.” “You have a tree that kee
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Date published: 2016-08-12