Moringa Tree for Health and Water Purification

The moringa tree is a sustainable approach to combating poverty, malnutrition and environmental degradation. The nutrient-rich “miracle” tree, grown in many part of the country provides social enterprise opportunities for rural women’s groups. The sale of the leaves, and pods – for food, cattle feed, and bio-fuel – fosters economic development and generates income for rural villagers.


A farmer with her child standing near Moringa oleifera tree


Tree for the Future and Agroforestry Organization work to support 2,000 community members from Makueni area of Kenya to plant at least 20 Moringa trees on their farms. Planting these high yield trees will go a long way to address malnutrition and contaminated water fetched from Shallow wells, earth dams and sand dams. Within the Makueni community there is a high rate of malnutrition among community members and their children. Because of food scarcity, especially during dry seasons, the population suffers from a lack of proteins, vitamins, beta carotene and a full range of essential nutrients. Because of the severe effects of climate change, good, clean water sources are rare, and the community must rely on contaminated water collected from shallow wells, earth dams and sand dams. Under these conditions, they are susceptible to a wide range of poor health and disease conditions. The Moringa Oleifera tree can provide a source of nutrition to community members, especially during the dry seasons.



Community member fetching contaminated water from earth dam

Moringa contains nine essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, 46 antioxidants, and minerals and is a rich and rare source of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferolt. It can improve human lactation and treat a variety of chronic illnesses, bites, wounds, and other ailments. The seeds provide a quick and reliable method of water purification. This project aims at providing over 2000 households with agricultural resources during dry seasons. Every part of the Moringa oleifera, the pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark are edible and rich in nutrients. The trees will become a reliable source of nutrition as well as raw materials for an indigenous system of medicine. Moringa oleifera tree is drought resistant and essential for climate change mitigation and adaptation in these areas with a potential to help over 10,000 community members to treat water from contaminated sources.



Flowere Moringa oleifera tree 




Mr. Gitua with Moringa oleifera seeds