To combat malnutrition and alleviate poverty and poverty related issues in Ghana – one community at a time –
“We envision to give all smallholder farmers in Ghana the opportunity to climb out of poverty through the cultivation of Moringa. We aim to be the biggest producer of locally made Moringa products in West Africa. Through using part of our profit for community development, we aim to make a lasting and sustainable impact on the entire community wherever we are active. It is our vision that Green Gold S.E. will inspire the formation of other economically viable social enterprises through leading by example."
Green Gold Social Enterprise is a company that is reviving a 56 years old 3000 ha. abandoned state farm into an integrated commercial Moringa plantation in Ghana. the company produces, process and market premium quality Moringa products and is employing 1000s of local and small scale farmers to provide food security and eradicate poverty
“Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality." -UN
"a smile is the window to the heart"
Smallholder farmers are given all the necessary input to cultivate Moringa in addition to their staple crops. Green Gold buys the seeds at a guaranteed, fixed price. We process the seeds locally into Moringa oil and export the oil to international wholesale buyers. A typical smallholder farmer owns approximately 1 hectare of land and lives of less than 2 USD per day. Planting Moringa around the borders of their farm can earn them an extra USD 1800,- of extra income per year and lift them out of poverty.
"The Miracle Tree"
In addition we create fair wage jobs and 50% of the profit made by Green Gold S.E. is reinvested in the farmers’ communities in the areas of health, education and economic development.
This is a unique model that gives the community ownership over their development and boosts economic activity in rural communities towards by creating a new industrial sector.
Poverty and malnutrition are two major global social problems that we have not yet been able to overcome. Ghana, which has recently been upgraded from a low- to a middle-income country, still struggles with these developmental issues, especially in the rural North of the country.
Encouraging youth in agriculture
Poverty rates reach up to 80% in certain districts and 1 in 4 children growing up in the rural North of Ghana are stunted due to chronic malnutrition. Numbers and statistics might not be very appealing, but we are being confronted with these families and affected children regularly and it is painful to watch a 2-year old dying from complications of chronic malnutrition, when you know it could have been prevented.
Malnutrition is a big underlying cause of death for children under five
We introduce smallholder farmers to Moringa Olifeira, also known as ‘the miracle tree’. Moringa has many beneficial qualities and can be used to tackle a wide variety of problems. We will focus on two qualities of the tree: 1) moringa oil; moringa oil is pressed from Moringa seeds, is of very high-quality oil and is mainly in high demand in the cosmetic and fragrance industry 2) moringa leaves; eaten fresh or dried in a powdered form, moringa leaves are highly nutritious and can prevent and treat malnutrition.