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Please pass the cactus juice.

  • 1 Cactus Marcus Westberg bio Graphic
    Women in Kenya gather cactus plants in buckets. (Marcus Westberg/bioGraphic)
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    An elephant eats cactus. Tiny hairs on the plants can hurt elephants’ stomachs. (Getty Images)
  • 3 Cactus Grace Kaparo WAHINYA HENRY Peoples Daily
    Grace Kaparo shows off a cactus plant. People make juice, jam, and lotion from cactus. (PD/Wahinya Henry)
  • 4 Cactus Cactus biogas Kenya News Agency
    Women in Kenya take cactus pulp. They turn it into fuel. (Kenya News Agency)
  • 5 Cactus Cactus Juice HO
    Would you drink cactus juice? (Handout)
  • 1 Cactus Marcus Westberg bio Graphic
  • 2 Cactus gettyimages 119570712 170667a
  • 3 Cactus Grace Kaparo WAHINYA HENRY Peoples Daily
  • 4 Cactus Cactus biogas Kenya News Agency
  • 5 Cactus Cactus Juice HO

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These prickly pears grow too fast.  Critters like to eat the fruit.  The fruit can make their tummies hurt.  Use the fruit in other ways!

Women use the plants for fuel.  They also make juice and jam.

Pray people will be able to protect animals and find more good uses for cacti.

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People planted prickly pears in Kenya in the early 1900s. The cacti can grow into a natural fence. But the plants take over. They crowd out other plants. The tiny hairs on the fruit can hurt elephants’ stomachs. The sharp spines can harm goats’ mouths. A women’s group now uses the cactus pulp for fuel called biogas. Women also sell the fruit. They make jams, juices, and lotions. They often use the money they earn to pay for their kids’ school needs.

“The Lord has made everything for its purpose.” (Proverbs 16:4)

For more about cacti, see The Giving Tree of the Desert by Danielle Fradette in our Recommended Reading.