Natitingou 4 June 2011


Post: Natitingou

Date(s) of project: July 6th 2011

Brief description of Project:

Over one year ago, I created a moringa plantation of more than 400 trees with an association of around 70 men and women living with VIH/SIDA. The original goal of the project was to produce enough moringa powder for their own consumption, but as we have now discovered, 400 moringa trees produces far more moringa powder than our association is able to consume. We have begun selling the moringa in local markets and to ONGs in the area.
The problem that we’ve found is that we lose a large amount of our harvest because of our crude drying methods. We currently use the cleanly swept and washed floor of their bureau to dry the moringa leaves before grinding them into a powder. This method worked for the first few small harvests, but as the rainy season has hit the Atacora, we’ve found that our trees are much larger than we’d anticipated, and are producing far more leaves than we ever imagined. The floor drying method will no longer suffice.
This GAD grant proposal is for the construction of two double-decker moringa drying racks that will be placed in the front room of the SIDA association’s bureau. They will be constructed of a wood frame, with window screening to form the shelving and covers to prevent the intrusion of bugs and dust.

Number of people involved:

# of
# of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24 55
Men over 24 15
Girls 15-24
Boys 15-24
Girls under 15
Boys under 15


Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Moringa Drying Racks 2 25.000 50.000
Total 50.000

Amount Requested: 50.000

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