I have a PhD in medicinal chemistry with 15 years of academic and research experience in New Zealand and Australia. I met Sally in Peru and she shared with me the incredible culture behind her Incan ancestry and their amazing natural ways to heal using plants. We inspired each other to leave our corporate jobs and pursue our own social enterprise with the focus on giving back and making a difference in the world.
We wanted to do something to help the traditional people of the mountains of Peru, where her family originated from and also those suffering with chronic health problems in my home of NZ. It was really a vision of connection, connecting two cultures on two different sides of the world. Centripetal to our vision was a unique Peruvian plant called maca that had both changed our lives in different ways.
For me maca was a big part of rebuilding my life and mental health. It drastically improved my energy, made it easier to deal with stress and returned my mental health to balance to the point where I could come off my anti-depressant medication and remained balanced long-term. It made me feel strong and resilient again. As a scientist I wanted to learn more about the biochemical secrets behind its benefits. So together we established The Maca Experts as a blend of our experiences and strengths to forge a way for us to help others both in Peru and here in New Zealand. Sally focused on the production, traditions, processing and social responsibility, I focused on the research, science, analysis and education.