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Open a box, find a factory.  Follow some instructions, mix some concrete.  Put it all together.  Turn the handle.  Each mini-factory comes with enough metal parts to make 4 machines.  Then you can get a local welder to make some more.  This machine will process:

 

 

Peanuts:  Every year, in Africa alone, women spend about 4 billion hours shelling peanuts by hand.  For many of the poorest families, peanuts are the only protein they can afford. For many they are the crop of choice to take to market, but they have little value in the shell.   1 kilo or a little more than 2 lbs an hour is a normal shelling rate.   

 

 

 

 

The Full Belly Project's award winning (Popular Mechanics, MIT) Universal Nut Sheller does peanuts at the rate of 50 kg/hr (120 lbs/hr).  Adjustable for any size of nut. Because of their softer shell, aflatoxin contaminated peanuts tend to pass through unshelled for easy sorting.



 

 

Full Belly founder Jock Brandis with President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

Coffee:  Growers tend to dry beans in the fruit.  They are then sent  to a mill to be cleaned.  It's amazing how many 'disappear' in the mill and you are never sure if the ones you get back are the ones you brought in. Shipping and milling costs can be prohibitive. A easily modified Universal Nut Sheller can do it all on site.

 

 

 

 

Jatropha:   Does your oil press wear out way too soon because your farmers are flailing the pods on the ground and the seeds`are dirty?  Does it take three times as long to open the pods than to pick?  Are the economics of jatropha looking dubious?  Then join the ranks of Mali Biocarburant, Gota Verde, Jatropha Pepenye, and Eco-Carbone and make your own hand cranked hulling machines. 200 kg/hr (450lbs/hr)  with 100% efficiency.
 

 

 

 

 

Shea:  If your shea business depends on quick shelled nuts to produce shea butter.  Try our standard Universal Nut Sheller. 200kg/hr  (450lbs/hr)  Shells all but the flat sided 'twin' nuts.