Sam Serumula grows and supplies Moringa trees, used to produce cosmetic ingredients by Botanica Natural Products. Here Sam talks about his journey to becoming a supplier of hundreds of thousands of Moringa trees.
Sam Serumula, Moringa supplier to Botanica Natural Products
The Moringa Project: The beginning
The Moringa Project is a collaboration between Botanica, GIZ, IDC, De Beers Venetia Mine and the Old Mutual Foundation. The Project is focused on producing products from Moringa Oliefeara. This tree produces leaves which can be produced into powder and seeds which can be pulverised into oil.
The story of Botanica
Botanica Natural Products is an organic certified production facility, farming with Bulbine and Moringa. Botanica adhere to strict production practices, refraining from using any chemical fertilisers or pesticides. The property also houses the Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Centre and the Mogalakwena Research Centre.
Botanica: The Social Enterprise
Botanica Natural Products is an award-winning, family-owned social enterprise located in rural Limpopo, South Africa. Established in 2009, Botanica Natural Products specialises in identifying, producing and supplying indigenous plant extracts in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner. Our mission is to improve skin health by promoting indigenous plants and traditional knowledge from South Africa.
Botanica - SEED South Africa Winner 2014
Botanica Natural Products won a SEED South Africa Award in 2014. The 2014 SEED Awards in 2 South African provinces are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa. SEED was founded by UNEP, UNDP, and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It is hosted at Adelphi Research, in Germany. SEED identifies and supports promising small scale social and environmental enterprises around the globe, which while working towards a greener economy also tackle poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion. SEED provides these enterprises with know-how and networks, taking the lessons learnt at local level up to decision-makers to promote evidence-based policy making.
Botanica Natural Products: SEED South Africa Winner 2014
Botanica Natural Products has developed a method of extracting beneficial substances from Bulbine frutescens, a traditional medicinal plant, for the cosmetic industry. The plant is cultivated and processed organically in its indigenous location in rural Limpopo, and its commercial use provides employment opportunities in the marginalised area. The local community further benefits through an Access and Benefit Sharing agreement. The enterprise won a SEED South Africa Award in 2014. The 2014 SEED Awards in 2 South African provinces are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.