By: Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli Founder & CEO
We all know that planting trees is good for the planet. But what if you could plant a tree that provides protein, calcium, iron and vitamins, all within its leaves? What if you could plant a tree that creates jobs for small farmers in economically impoverished areas? What if you could plant a tree that grew from seed to a 10 foot tree within three months?
Meet moringa, a tree with leaves more nutritious than kale that provides jobs and ecological benefits to small farming communities around the world. Moringa provides powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and is known in ancient cultures as the “Tree of Life”. As founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli, I’m proud to share that Kuli Kuli has pioneered moringa in the U.S., built a sustainable supply chain of small moringa farmers, and is committed to social responsibility and sustainability.
And, in honor of Earth Month, we’re continuing our commitment to the planet by planting a moringa tree for each Kuli Kuli product sold in April in partnership with True Moringa, our Ghanaian moringa farming partner. Our mission is to improve nutrition and livelihoods worldwide, and by planting more moringa trees, we’re helping to create a world where everyone has access to nutritious food sources.
At Kuli Kuli, we work with women-led farming cooperatives and small family farms around the world to drive economic growth, women’s empowerment and sustainable agricultural development. And, thanks to partners like Kellogg Company’s eighteen94 capital, we’re able to continue advancing our sustainability efforts and develop innovative products like our moringa powders, smoothies and bars.
Over the past five years, Kuli Kuli has pioneered moringa in the U.S., built a sustainable supply chain of small moringa farmers and sold moringa products in 7,000 stores. And, we recently announced we’ll soon begin distributing moringa as an ingredient to other food companies.
I’m so proud of what we have accomplished and I know we are only just beginning. As we continue to grow, we’ll remain steadfast in our efforts to use moringa to drive sustainable economic growth and nutritional security in the communities from which we source. So, it’s vital that we have our partners’ support and that we share similar values – a passion for the earth, a commitment to sustainability, and a desire to support communities around the world – it’s the foundation on which Kuli Kuli was built.
It’s just one of the many reasons why we’re so proud of our partnership with eighteen94 and Kellogg. The company’s founder, W.K. Kellogg, was truly ahead of his time as a conservationist, philanthropist and wellbeing visionary. His legacy continues to guide Kellogg today. We applaud Kellogg’s commitment to sustainability. Kellogg has provided more than 2.5 billion servings of food to people in need, supported 325,000 farmers through climate smart programs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of taking 317 million miles off the road, all just within the past decade.
So, with the support of our partners, we’ll continue to do our part to drive sustainable agricultural development. We’ve already supported over 1,365 farmers and generated $1.2 million for moringa farmers. And we’ll continue to do more.
Please join us in celebrating Earth Month and click here to help plant a miracle tree. For more information on Kuli Kuli, please visit our website at www.kulikulifoods.com and check us out on social media @kulikulifoods.