Based in Peru

Inka Moss

A For-profit with social mission

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Organization Details

Inka Moss is a Peruvian social enterprise - awarded by the Dutch Bid Network in 2009 - that exports sphagnum moss in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. White moss (sphagnum moss) is a wild plant that grows naturally at more than 3,500 meters above sea level in the Peruvian Andes. The final product is 100% organic and has the capacity to absorb 20 times its weight in water. It's also a natural antibacterial and an efficient heavy metals absorbent. It's mostly used as substrate in horticulture, especially in orchid cultivation. There is a high international demand for white moss especially in Asia, Europe and America and Inka Moss currently possesses 2% of the market share.

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Impact Story

Inka Moss achieves its mission by creating high social impact and insuring responsible treatment of the environment in the highlands of Peru. Indeed, by involving, since 2009, Andean communities in situations of extreme poverty as the fundamental link of its value chain, the company has been building an empowering, sustainable and eco-friendly model of business. By bringing the moss from the most remote lands of the Peruvian Andes to numerous very demanding distributors worldwide, Inka Moss has impacted around 15,000 people and generated a 35% income increase for local communities to date.