Families continue to crack marula nuts to sell the kernals to Kudvumisa Foundaiton for money for essentials. Kudvumisa Foundation has begun searching for external markets for the oil we press from the marula kernals. As we are able to find markets for the oil, the volumes we can sell increases. This allows us to expand the number of communities we can buy the kernals from, empowering even more families.
As Covid lockdowns and even civil unrest have upset the "normal" economy, those that are already impoverished and isolated have an even harder time surviving. Being able to sell the wild and locally harvested marula nuts provides a sometimes critical cash income to help with food and other essentials.
As we purchase higher quantities of the marula kernals, we will be purchasing a second manual oil press, designed and built here in Eswatini. This should be a higher efficiency press, increasing the percentage of the oil we can extract form the kernals.
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