For more than half a decade, David and Elke have worked together with their Ghanaian partner to introduce an energy and ecologically efficient spirulina. Originally from Belgium, the couple spent more than two decades in Ghana doing agribusiness until settling on cultivating an environmentally conscientious spirulina on a private farm in Ghana’s Volta Region. The result is a more nutritious product. Rather than chemically spray drying their product as is done in conventional practices, they opt to manually harvest, press and dry the spirulina at a controlled temperature at below 43°C (109°F). This practice, in addition to cutting the finished product into sprinkles rather than pulverizing it into a powder, helps to preserve the rich vitamins, proteins, minerals and antioxidants of this nutritious green superfood.
When did you start your business?
In 2015 because we love spirulina. Elke was already thinking about growing algae and stuff for a long time and we were taking spirulina for ourselves. We got to know some spirulina growers and we stayed on their facility in the south of France and we learned their trade.
What motivates you to keep going?
The feedback from users and the fact that we can continue doing what we love most.
What do you wish people knew about your business?
That spirulina is awesome!
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
What is your favorite detoxing regimen?
Our product on a daily base.
What are you most grateful for?
That the world keeps turning by itself.
What's the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Close our eyes.
What makes you awesome?
Like everybody else, shaped by family, friends and life.
What do you love most about living in Africa?
First of all, the climate. It’s always warm. Second of all, it’s more relaxed. The atmosphere, it’s a different way of life. I don’t know…we meet a lot of smiling faces here! That’s nice.
What do you find most challenging about living in Africa?
Definitely the power, electricity! A lack of continuous electricity supply can be annoying. For the rest, we kind of miss the seasons sometimes. Not too much. We also love challenges. That’s also why we start projects, because it is challenging. It keeps you sharp.
David and Elke educate their customers about spirulina in Ghana.