Superman? No…Moringa!

As you guys all know we are trying to raise more Moringa trees this year. We do have the contract with the Chief to plant 5.000 trees for him to hand out to his people.

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Off to distribute seedlings

That is Mr Nkololola, one of our volunteers. He offered his bike to transport seedlings to villages we cant access on foot.
He is currently distributing Moringa seedlings to vulnerable homes, for example 4 single moms in Nguba Village.
Moringa is rich in nutrients and easy to grow, also it is prolific in our village. Its leaves are in high demand hence our hope is not only to put food on peoples tables, but also to put a bit of cash in their pockets.

But also we know about the “super powers” of this plant. Superfood they call it in Europe and the US. It sure is for so many reasons:

  • Juice from the leaves is believed to have a stabilizing effect on blood pressure and is used to treat anxiety. It is believed to control glucose levels in cases of diabetes.
  • Mixed with honey and followed by a drink of coconut milk 2 or 3 times a day, leaves are used as a remedy for diarrhea, dysentery and colitis.
  • Leaf juice, sometimes with carrot juice added, is used as a diuretic. Eating leaves is recommended in cases of gonorrhea because of the diuretic action.
  • Leaves and buds are rubbed on the temples for headache.
  • A poultice is made from fresh leaves and applied to reduce glandular swelling.
  • Leaf juice is used as a skin antiseptic.
  • Leaves are used to treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy, and catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane).
  • Leaves are considered to be anthelmintic ( able to kill intestinal worms).
  • Leaves are used as a purgative.
  • Eating leaves is believed to increase a woman’s milk production and is sometimes prescribed for anemia.
  • also its protein is better than soy
  • its oil is much better than olive oil and used in cooking and cosmetics

Wait, what? In cosmetics? Yes! We found a lady who is an expert in producing Moringa soap. Right now we are trying to look into the production of Moringa soap. This could be another way for us to create jobs and help our members to raise some money for their families.

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Superman? No…Moringa!

Zambian Fashion Week

Ladies and Gentlemen….welcome to Zambian Fashion Week! πŸ˜€

Our PAF ladies are working hard to learn how to tailor and sew, also to learn about fabrics and threads and cutting…long story short: our girls learn how to make clothes. Fun fact: Lloyd does too πŸ˜‰

You can imagine that there is a lot of fun involved.

 

The first shirt our members designed and sewed is Zambian-themed! Turned out quite good, didn’t it? Lloyd already loves it!

First PAF shirt “Zambia”…fantastic work

Thank you again to our friends from Repairer of the Breach for sponsoring the sewing machines! You guys really help changing lives by creating jobs and a source of income.

Now it is all about finishing the building for our sewing and show room. Work in progress…more updates on that one soon.

Zambian Fashion Week

Meanwhile in Zambia…

You probably know the song “I am singing in the rain”, right? Well…in Zambia it is rainy season these days…so not unlike in the video to that song our Planting AΒ  Future member are jumping puddles and things might get a bit muddy in Chinkonono Village. That’s why it is a bit of a struggle to get in touch with Lloyd and everyone for updates.

But obviously we don’t sit still. We are making use of the rainy season and plant lots of fruit tree seedlings. Those are distributed to vulnerable families and households step by step. Supplying people with trees and planting new ones are 2 of our main focus points during rainy season.

Supplying vulnerable families with trees
Supplying vulnerable families with trees

Also we are happy to see the first fruits of our labour. Literally πŸ˜‰

First little harvest… πŸ™‚

 

On the other hand Lloyd is a passionate horticulturist and is using his spare free hours in his very own way….creating his own indoor flower bed πŸ˜€

 

 

As his kids in school would probably say now: “Keep it up, keep it up! You are a good boy. So try again another time.” πŸ˜€

Meanwhile in Zambia…