Since it’s birth, Terrawatu has worked with local communities to educate about environmental conservation, the importance of reforestation and cultivation of plants for both medicinal and nutritional purposes. The Mkonoo Women’s Collective has had a tree-planting network for over 16 years and visitors to their village can see the results of their efforts in the re-forested lands.
A new collaboration has formed with JSFoundation to introduce the cultivation and processing of Moringa into these same communities. The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), or so-called miracle tree, is one of those plants that provides people, animals and the earth with multiple gifts. Among its multiple uses are:
- improves malnutrition
- medicinal qualities, builds up immune system
- enhances milk production in cattle & pregnant women
- used as animal fodder
- tackles soil erosion and provides shade
Processed into oil, soap, tea leaves, powder and more, Moringa cultivation and production can help improve the livelihoods of people in communities in Tanzania and around the world.
Cultivation has been proceeding since 2018.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the Tanzania tourism industry, the biggest part of the economy in the region where Terrawatu operates. The trickle-down effect of almost no cash income coming into the communities has hit villagers hard. As it is going to be quite some time before tourism returns in full force, if ever, Terrawatu has decided to launch a new project to train local community members in permaculture that they can use on their own farms and gardens to feed themselves and their families. Permaculture simulates, or directly utilizes, the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems.
We expect to reach more than 200 women, 25 orphans at Kibowa Orphanage, as well as any other villagers who want to learn the techniques. Participants will gain new knowledge and skills in farming, nutrition, medicinal plants, and sustainable agricultural practices. Our expectation in the long term is that community members will be able to sell surplus products for local income generation.
To support the new Permaculture Project go to our Special Giving Page.