Why Kenya and Madagascar?
Our Ginger is produced through our Co-Impact Sourcing model in Madagascar and Kenya where we are working with hundreds of small farmers called “outgrowers.”
When used as a kitchen spice, the hot, earthy nature of Ginger oil adds flavor to a variety of dishes, and can help to support healthy digestion.*
How does it work?
Ginger is planted in the spring and harvested in the fall or winter, when it is mature. The oil is steam distilled from the rhizome. It takes between 1 and 2 pounds of ginger rhizome to make a 15 mL bottle. A rhizome, different from a root, is the subterranean stalk of a plant from which the root system grows.
Our Ginger essential oil is unique. Whereas many companies distill their oil from fully dried rhizomes, we distilled our oil while the rhizomes are fresh, shortly after harvest. This results in a better chemical and aroma profile.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation has funded numerous projects in both Madagascar and Kenya.
In Madagascar, this includes the establishment of a mobile health clinic. Health officers will be chosen from villages and provided with first aid kits and essential oils, then trained in the respective and appropriate use of the resources. Additionally, a doctor will be employed to work for this clinic and will see patients in their homes.
In Kenya, this includes the construction of additional classroom and restroom facilities at Kiwegu Primary School; construction of a school library, water storage, staff room, restrooms, teacher living quarters, and student veranda at Mwamose Primary school (as well as scholarship support); the construction of Mwena River Bridge, which allows river crossing access for community and school children; construction of Mejwengo Mapya Kindergarten school; construction of a community center; TICAH—indigenous culture and health trainings for 2,000 school children; Colobus Conservation—education and reforestation of indigenous trees; Mwamose Water Point, which is a community borehole and water tower; and the Water Maintenance Trust Fund, which does ongoing research and maintenance of community water sources.
In addition to donations from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, we have established a Community Development Fund in Kenya. For every kilogram of essential oil produced by its farmer cooperatives, a portion of revenue is set aside in a fund overseen by the cooperatives themselves to finance larger development projects at their discretion.