In early 2017, Full Belly sent a volunteerr to Zambia in Southern Africa to build 105 Universal Nut Shellers, and set up a factory that will continue to produce more shellers under the Chipata District Farmers Association, a local farmers cooperative.
Our goal for the Zambia Project was to train local residents on the production, maintenance and use of the Universal Nut Sheller, while setting up a factory that could continue making more, so that as many people as possible could purchase these life changing machines.
"Small-scale farmers are happy with the UNS as this will help them to address Aflatoxin (a toxin fungus that grows in the shell and destroys peanuts)."
All 105 Universal Nut Shellers have been built, 8 of which have already been sold!
3 young adults were recruited to build the Shellers, and they are now more than proficient in producing the machines!
25 farmers and 5 staff members from the Ministry of Agriculture have been trained on how to use the Sheller
Through regional field days and the National Agritech Expo in Lusaka, over 600 farmers have seen the Sheller in motion!
The factory we set up in Zambia this spring at the local farmers' co-op in Chipata, CDFA, (@ChipataDistrictFarmersAssociation) is ramping up their marketing efforts for the groundnut harvesting and selling season!
We are so excited to see the manufacture and distribution of our life-changing Universal Nut Sheller put into the hands of this wonderful organization, because it will become not only a sustainable source of income for the co-op, but also for the people who get the Shellers!"
NCBA CLUSA posted an article about Randy and his experience in Zambia. Read more HERE