We sat down with Lisa Curtis, founder of Kuli Kuli, America's leading moringa brand.
What is moringa? Moringa is a green superfood powder that is more nutritious than kale and packed with iron, calcium, antioxidants, and plant proteins. Lisa got her first taste of moringa as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. Upon returning to the states, she, along with her co-founder Jordan Moncharmont, started a crowdfunding campaign that brought Kuli Kuli to life.
We loved chatting with Lisa and learning more about her passion for women-led cooperatives and, of course, her daily routine.
Q: How do you GEM?
I GEM in the morning and it helps me have an amazing, energizing day.
Q: What gives you energy?
Nature. I try to be outside as much as I can, from walking meetings to morning runs and weekend hikes.
Q: How do you relieve stress?
Exercise and sleep. I’m militant about working out for at least 30 minutes a day and sleeping 7-8 hours a night.
Q: How do you stimulate your mind outside of work?
I love reading and writing. I sometimes read and write work-related things, but more often I read fantasy books and journal my thoughts.
Q: What inspired you to first join the Peace Corps?
I’ve always been interested in sustainable development. I figured I couldn’t really understand the challenges of sustainable development without living it myself. During Peace Corps Niger, I lived in a mud house with no electricity or running water and was paid a grand total of $75 per month. That experience gave me a much better understanding of what it truly takes to pull people out of poverty.
Q: For you, why is important to put your efforts into working with women-led cooperatives?
Countless research has shown that when you invest in women, they are more likely to use their income in ways that benefit the entire community, from sending kids to school to purchasing more nutritious food for their families. This is particularly true in countries where women don’t often have access to formal employment. It is also true in the US and it’s one of the reasons that I spend a lot of my time mentoring and supporting other female founders.