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From Ghana’s giving tree a hair and skincare line grows

True Moringa

Emily Cunningham and Kwami Williams learned about the moringa tree when they traveled to Ghana with MIT’s D-Lab to pursue solutions to poverty. The indigenous tree improves nearby crops, has nutrient-rich edible leaves, and seeds that produce high-quality oil. Back in Cambridge, the pair developed True Moringa, a hair and skincare line with moringa oil, ideal for most any body part, from hair to heels, as its core offering. Back in Africa, the duo has facilitated the planting of more than 250,000 trees, helping to increase the incomes of 1,600 small farms. “Simplicity Pure Moringa” body oil by True Moringa, $36 at Cambridge Naturals, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, 617-492-4452,

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