Michael and Crese have six children; three boys and three girls. They grew up eating the baobab fruit. They first got involved in the baobab trade in 2004.
Michael does the collection and his wife is responsible for processing, i.e. cracking open the baobab pods, stripping out and packaging the fruit powder and seeds, for which they receive an additional payment. The group that they work with is made up of four women and six men collecting baobab from communally owned and protected land. All are trained and registered organic baobab suppliers. It takes four months to harvest and process. They travel up to 4km to the woodlot and selling point. On average the couple sells over 500kg of baobab pulp per season.
The family also farms and runs a small tea shop throughout the year. But several years of continuing low rainfall have resulted in poor crop yields. So the incomes from baobab have been become essential to help them with school fees, clothing for the children and in growing their business.