Driving sustainable economic development in Southern Africa can be challenging, especially against the backdrop of climate change.
Climate change adaptation
Ten years ago our community was devastated by the worst drought in 80 years. After a third year of failed maize and sunflower harvests, bankruptcies were mounting. With it came higher unemployment and more social unrest. We saw an opportunity to repair some of the damage following a chance conversation about the Kalahari Melon, the only plant that was still growing despite the drought. We found that it contained a unique oil with fantastic benefits for cosmetic and personal care formulations. So we set about designing a production process that’s totally in sync with our local ecology.
Sustainable economic development
Today we are working to create a brand-new international market for Kalahari Melon oil. Through our work we hope to drive significant economic development in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. In order to achieve our goal, we are focused on three particular United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.