PARK(ING) DAY 2016

We had a great time at Park(ing) Day! Thanks to everyone who came out to see us! We talked to newly interested people, but also talked to some familiar faces! Everyone loved trying out our Rocker Water Pump and shelling nuts with our Universal Nut Sheller! 

And just so you know, this is how easy it is to power our Rocker Water Pump!

Full Belly on Her Campus

Check out this article published on www.hercampus.com highlighting Fully Belly's passionate and committed Executive Director, Amanda Coulter. In this interview, Amanda shares a little bit about her personal history and motivation for serving the global community, as well as the history of Full Belly, and the mission motivating our organization to make a positive impact on the developing world. 

The Full Belly Project's efforts are helping counter aflatoxin in African peanuts!

Last summer, Jock Brandis and Randy Shackelford traveled to Zambia with the NCBA-CLUSA Farmer to Farmer project. While there, they created a makeshift lab on the bed of a truck and used a device called an mReader to test Zambian peanuts for aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a  dangerous byproduct of fungi that grows on improperly stored commodities in humid climates.  In adults, exposure to aflatoxin causes liver cancer and suppression of the immune system. In  children, the effects are much more detrimental causing stunted growth, mental impairment,  and poisoning. In fact, globally, aflatoxin is responsible for up to 35% of stunted growth in  children.   

Brandis realized the importance of the mReader and kindly donated the device to the Msekera Research Station in Eastern Zambia at the end of his travels. Since then, scientists have been able to expand testing efforts to the capital in Lusaka and westward. This is allowing the locals to consume safer crops and sell their goods on the global market.

 

 

A Podcast for #ThoughtfulTuesday

From one philanthropist to another, go ahead and take a listen to Shin Fujiyama's interview with Jock Brandis, founder of The Full Belly Project. Not only does this podcast give insight into the organization itself, but it highlights a variety of key events in Jock Brandis' life. If you've ever wanted to know a little more about Jock, click here!

 

Full Belly on American Pastures!

We are extremely grateful to Kathy Voth at the online farmers' aid website "On Pasture" for featuring Full Belly in an article! The piece showcases our Solar Water Pump, a mechanism that harness the power of the sun and uses an irrigation system to transport water to livestock in fields (and more). Easy to use and economically efficient, the Solar Water Pump can help farmers on a budget to route water on their farms at reduced effort and cost. After Voth's piece was published, we received an influx of requests from farmers in the Midwest! Check out the article here and learn more about our Solar products here.

Be on the lookout!

“Music unites us and transcends cultures, gender, generations and economic status.”

— Motherland Rhythm Community

 

In October of 2015, Motherland Rhythm Community, an organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional percussive music found in West Africa, contacted the Full Belly Project with a large order. Ordering two Universal Nutsheller (UNS) kits and 32 sets of hardware, Motherland Rhythm Community, became a catalyst for change in Guinea, West Africa. One UNS kit contains one mold and enough hardware for four machines; however, each kit enables individuals to make an infinite number of machines. Taking full advantage of everything Full Belly’s UNS kit has to offer, individuals in Guinea were able to establish a factory producing nutshellers for their community. 

 

Be on the lookout for pictures highlighting the positive impact Motherland Rhythm Community, alongside the Full Belly Project, is having in Guinea, West Africa. Coming October 2016!

Launch of Soap for Hope Program with Diversey

Keeping with our mission of changing the world for the “bottom billion” through production of self-sustainable technologies, the Full Belly Project invented the machine that would eventually be known as the soap press. The active project, titled Soap for Hope, reuses a portion of the millions of pounds of soap that are thrown away annually by local hotels and resorts. Using the soap press, Soap for Hope works to allow communities to produce and distribute recycled soap products to fend off disease, promote better health, and generate income for impoverished communities around the world. In October 2013, the soap press debuted in Cambodia. Poverty stricken areas in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville were the first communities Full Belly Project and Diversey distributed this technology. Nearly 1,000 bars of soap were generated during the first week there. With all the tools and technologies neatly packed into a box, Soap for Hope was a success and began to spread to more areas in need. Today, other local communities in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, South Africa, India, Laos, Vietnam, Haiti, and more are now able to produce, develop, and recycle their own soap products to sell.

 

Full Belly's New Home!

Full Belly Project truly embraced our mantra, “There can’t be prosperity without efficiency,” this year by purchasing our workshop on Chestnut Street in Wilmington, NC. Initiated by a long time supporter along with our former landlord, Full Belly now has a permanent, secure home to develop and distribute our unique technology. We are immensely grateful to all who have and continue to make contributions to further our mission!

Solar Test Pender!

I n April, the newest piece of Full Belly gear was displayed to USDA representatives on the Terra Vista Farm in Pender County, NC. Dubbed the Solar Hand Cart for its ease of movement and multifunction, our latest development plays an integral role in a complete off-the-grid irrigation system for farmers and ranchers who have water but lack an economical means to access it. Hosted by board member and organic farmer John Lacer, USDA representatives were intrigued by Jock Brandis’ most recent invention and could readily see its application to small farmers and cattle ranchers. Although the Solar Hand Cart was originally conceived as a water pumping device, its uses extend much further when combined with its capability to generate energy. Rutherford County farmer and Site Engineer on the SHC and GWP project Duncan Edwards noted that in rural areas where power outages can be fairly common due to ice storms, hurricanes, and summer thunderstorms the Solar Hand Cart becomes a multi-use piece of equipment. He enumerated just a few purposes the cart can serve when not pumping water including; recharging deep cycle batteries, lighting at night, 12 volt power when the sun is shining, and a source for charging cell phones and laptop computers. While some carts are already in use with local cattlemen and farmers, Edwards plans to present the Solar Hand Cart to local groups who have not seen the machine in order to emphasize its versatility. With support from the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association we hope to continue to supply those wishing to use a sustainable power source in agriculture livestock management. 

Passion for Paraguay

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The machine that has revolutionized the shelling of peanuts finally arrived in the land where the peanut originated. Through a request from Norberto and Julie Kurrle, eleven-year missionary veterans in Paraguay, the venerable Universal Nut Sheller has brought progress to peanut production in the Kurrle’s village of Itapua in the southern part of the country