Up in the high altitudes of the majestic Maluti mountains of Lesotho, between dramatic peaks, the thorny creeper, Rosehip, reveals vast healing potentials.
"Creating sustainable trade in local communities is a cornerstone of our business.” Our harvest sites stretch across Africa, where more than 40% of the population lives below the international poverty line. Rural people are often left with little to no sustainable income, especially in the winter months. The berries, seeds and roots are hand picked, mainly by women, providing the local communities with valuable and sustainable economic opportunities.
BMO take a holistic approach to creating sustainability in the rosehip economy. The rural location of the harvesters mean they lack reliable access to electricity and running water. Energy poverty is a considerable challenge. In response, BMO are developing ‘off the grid’ solutions, using solar and thermal energy systems to uplift their workforce. they offer the pickers access to running water and electrical power points to charge their portable batteries. trucks which transport the crop away from the highland communities are then utilized to carry cost- price staple foods back to the pickers, on their return journey. “We want to develop strong relationships with our harvesters,” says Poulsen. “It’s essential that we secure a supply chain which becomes a cornerstone to village life”.
Rosehip processing begins in the border town of Wepener, a small enclave straddling the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho and the Free State province of South Africa. Over 1500 tonnes of rosehip pass through the plant per year, this provides employment to an essential proportion of the local population. Rosehip has effectively transformed the local economy.
40% Of the Lesotho population live below the international poverty line. Lesotho is declared a high altitude desert leaving rural people little in the way of a sustainable income, especially in the winter months. Rosehips are hand-picked in winter, mainly by women, providing the local communities with valuable and sustainable economic opportunities.
ROSA CANINA AND ROSA RUBIGINOSA SEED OIL
Rosehip oil is made from the cold pressing of Rosehip seeds. The oil is golden - deep orange in colour with a characteristic pleasent red berry, fruity odour.