- There's growing demand for baobab trees and their fruits
- Women in Limpopo harvest and sell the fruits
- A cultivation initiative also pays them R320 for every centimetre a baobab tree grows
Women in Limpopo are cashing in on the growing demand for baobab trees and their fruits, which have been dubbed "superfood."
Global demand is especially high for the seeds and chalky powder inside the hard-shelled baobab fruits, TimesLIVE reports.
Briefly.co.za learned that these substances are reputed for their health benefits. They have high vitamin content and are mixed in a range of snacks, including chocolate and ice cream.
One of the women cashing in is 54-year-old Annah Muvhali from Muswodi Dipeni village. Previously, she only used the fruits to make yoghurt-like porridge for her family.
However, she has been earning money harvesting and selling the fruits since 2006. In fact, she has earned enough to build a home for her two kids and grandkids.
The women also earn an income by nurturing young baobab trees. An initiative by Ecoproducts pays them R320 for every centimetre a tree grows.
They get this amount until the tree reaches three metres tall, after which it will live for over 1,000 years. 59-year-old Elisa Phaswana said:
It helps the environment and it helps us especially because there is little to no work for us and our children in our village.
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