Total loan: $300,000

Kuli Kuli

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Oakland, CA, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped stabilize and increase wages for hundreds of farmers in Mexico, Nicaragua, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, and India.

Kuli Kuli's story

Almost half of the world’s plant-derived calories come from just three foods: wheat, corn and rice, which do not work well in our changing climate. Creating supply chains based on nutrient-dense, climate-smart, edible plants represents an opportunity to improve human nutrition, the health of our planet and benefit small farmers in developing countries. Kuli Kuli is a woman-founded social enterprise creating a rapidly growing international market for moringa leaf powder on behalf of small farmers in a way that models regenerative agriculture and boosts income for women in rural populations. Moringa is a drought-resistant tropical tree with leaves that contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Over the past six years, Kuli Kuli has planted 24 million trees, generated $5.2 million in income for small farmers, and supported 3,249 livelihoods paying a higher price for a higher impact moringa in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Kuli Kuli continues to support moringa farmers through ongoing COVID-19 challenges. A loan of $300,000 will finance moringa purchases from hundreds of small farmers in Mexico, Nicaragua, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania and India paying them a stable living wage and improving their livelihoods. This is Kuli Kuli's second loan through the Kiva Social Enterprise program. View their previous loan here.