History

Give a man a spirulina and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to grow spirulina and the man feeds his village every day.

The beginning

Through a report about the Turkana region, our board member and founder Alexander became aware of the disastrous conditions for conventional agriculture in Kenya. They are caused by heat, drought and salty-alkaline groundwater and further aggravated by climate change. The consequences are hunger and a malnourished population.

However, through his studies in biology, Alexander knew that there are indeed nutritious organisms which can grow excellently under these conditions, for example our algae spirulina. The idea for Thriving Green was born! To fight malnutrition, the local population can grow spirulina as an addition to traditional agriculture to provide themselves with valuable vitamins, minerals and proteins.

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Foundation of the association

Alexander was quickly able to convince Jens, Daniel and Stefan of his idea. At the time, they were all members of the student association enactus Regensburg e.V.. Together, they developed a feasible concept and assembled a team of students from Regensburg  to sucessfully launch the now award-winning project Thriving Green. We are now a registered non-profit association with more than 20 active members.

Two locations and many more to come

After years of challenges and  changes, we now proudly look back on our progress: Spirulina is grown and distributed at two sites in Kenya. It is cultivated in our self-developed cultivation facilities and supervised by locals. The health of the local population has improved significantly. Several volunteers from a variety of disciplines have traveled to Kenya over time to optimize the production process, explore new locations, and inform local people about our superfood. We have even developed a sensor which measures important parameters in the cultivation basin. This allows us to ensure perfect growth conditions.

We have big plans for the future of our project. With your support, we can reach even more malnourished people. Together we can contribute to the fight against world hunger!

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