Waka Waka Projects

First moringa storage and process room in Konso and in Ethiopia

Konso used moringa stenopetala for last 100 and 100 of years as day to day supplement food. This plant has been beneficial for Konso community for its high nutrient composition as the basis of their food and it is also beneficial in developed countries as supplement and healthy food in the organic markets.

Because of its abundance and enormous supply, excess moringa was thrown as trash and farm waste in Konso. The project was initiated to create a wider awareness and demand on moringa Stenopetala. The promotion of a wider production and consumption is based on sustainability of the entire production system. Moringa Stenopetala “Waka” consumers get the best quality leaf powder without alteration of the original properties while contributing to change Konso people’s livehood and improve their women and family economic wellbeing.

Employing Konso women

 

Women are the key role players in Konso in the entire process of agricultural production and natural resource management. Women are the disadvantaged group in Konso communities and by integrating them in the project we contribute to reduce gender inequality prevailing in the area.  From work in the fields to in our moringa powdering process room women are trained by our collaborator SOS Sahel under Derese Kochana’s supervision following the western standards. Enhancing their capacity, income generation and self-employment is reflected as a result in their power status, contributes to wellbeing of their families and improves food and nutrition security status of the household.

You also contribute

 

The project has a positive impact on the economic, social and also physical well-being of the area. 1% of our “Waka” moringa Stenopetala powder sales is donated to our direct partner Konso Development Association (KDA) which also invests our contributions in benefit of local community.

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Kedija Endris Seyid

Team manager

She was graduated in public nurse and worked as supervisor of children under five years old for four years in the malnutrition feeding centre donated by Save the Children USA in Konso. She is also the one who brings wealth to the company.

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Zinet Endris Seyid

Drying, processing and packaging

 She reached grade 10 at the college, she is married, has a son and had more than 10 years experience in preparing Moringa food for local people. Within the company her duties are in drying, processing and packaging.

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Ayelech Ayano Jillo

Drying, processing and packaging

She is currently a 10 level grade student, single and had an experience of more than 7 years in preparing Moringa food for local people. Like Zinet her tasks within the company are based on drying, processing and packaging.

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Rahel Otayita Borana

Cashier, head of production and supervision.

She is a student and has an experience of Moringa preparation, sieving and packaging for the last eight years. She is still working in the Z and D Moringa company as Moringa powder sales and delivery; farm management.

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