On our trip to Rajasthan in November 2019 we introduced the moringa tree and its health-benefits to the women in Chandelao and taught them how to grow it.
The moringa tree, also called Moringa oleifera or drumstick tree, is native to northwestern India and is a socalled miracletree, because of its numerous benefits to humans.
The tree is drought-resistant, grows year-round, can be harvested every 45 days, and all parts of the tree are high in nutrient content.
Initially, the women of Chandelao will use the harvest for their own purpose, but in the future there is a potential for selling products from the tree in small-scale businesses.
Currently, we are working on linking the tree to the region's tradition of floral storytelling by creating contemporary designs based on moringa leaves and flowers.