We want to enable prosperity and human development through effective biotechnology
Thriving Green is a social business that aims to grow spirulina in Kenya. The local people near the Turkana Lake shall be taught to grow spirulina on their own in order to combat malnutrition, activate a new source of independent food production and enable economic growth. Through the astonishing effectiveness of spirulina – “the food of the future” as scientists call it – and the low-tech and low-cost production methods, the project seeks to make this new food accessible to all people, even the very poorest. Spirulina has 10x the yield of conventional wheat and is regarded a superfood due to its enormous content of vitamins and minerals. The social business starts with growing spirulina in Regensburg, Germany, to optimize the production process and then as the second step to establish farms in Nariokotome, Kenya.
Project Leader (Biology)
Project Leader (Business)
We started out with a very small batch of spirulina and grew it in lab conditions. After a decent amount of growth and organizing a 100 sqm outdoor area, we started growing it in 5,000l volume. Thereby, we discovered a very simple, low-tech and low-cost production process. Basically, nothing more than wood, screws, plastic, spirulina and natural fertilizer are needed.