CHIPATA, ZAMBIA march 2019
In March, Amanda and Jock traveled to Zambia for three weeks to work with the staff and members of CDFA on our 5-Step AFLAA program! The goal is to promote self-reliance within the co-op, so this trip will serve as the foundation for CDFA to to continue spreading the knowledge and skills necessary for curtailing aflatoxin contamination through trainings and local outreach.
The 5-Step AFLAA program includes steps to improve irrigation, sorting, storage, testing and tracking. All of which will work to reduce dangerous aflatoxin contamination, improve incomes and health!
Amanda and Jock trained local farmers on the five steps for day to day use for safer practices and more high quality product that will generate more income.
The local co-op, CDFA, was trained on the five step program, as well as the assembly, operation and mainance of the Universal Nut Sheller, Rocker Water Pump, and Aflatoxin Test Kit.
We hope that with more resources, CDFA will be better able to support their current members, and encourage more farmers to join!
Thank you to our partners at the Chipata District Farmers Association and the residents of Chipata!
Over half of the Zambian population lives below the poverty line…
Partnered with the Chipata District Farmer’s Association (CDFA), we hope to empower the farmers in Chipata
to improve their health, incomes, and livelihoods through the power of their own community!
TANZANIA summer 2018
With most children going to school all day in Tanzania without being able to wash their hands, there's a great need to provide hygiene education, soap and hand washing facilities to Tanzanian schools. Since water is often a limited and precious resource in many developing countries, Full Belly has developed our own hand washing station made of recycled materials that uses 90% less water than other current hand washing systems.
As part of our partnership with Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots and with funding from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, The Batish Family (our family of Full Belly volunteers) returned to Arusha, Tanzania! With hand washing stations and rocker water pumps in tow, the Batishes were able to help set up innovative, life-changing Full Belly tech in the area!
“IN TANZANIA ABOUT 85% OF SCHOOLS LACK HAND WASHING FACILITIES."
SOAP FOR HOPE with diversey
The Soap for Hope program is centered around community involvement. Local hotels provide the sanitized soap and disadvantaged members of the community are paid to make soap, while local nonprofits distribute it.
The Soap Press is an innovation that Full Belly developed for the exclusive use of our corporate partner Diversey for their Soap for Hope program. It works by utilizing a spinning wooden handle connected to a threaded rod and aluminum plate, which cold- presses recycled soap into bars using an aluminum mold.
A SUCCESS STORY
Oung Sophal is 34 years old and lives in Berng Chuk village in Cambodia. She works 7 days a week for very little pay in a private sewing factory. The working conditions are dire. Sophal explains, "I have a five year old son at home. I need to take care of him."
Working as a soap maker for Soap For Hope has allowed Sophal to make up to $50 a month, twice what she makes at the sewing factory.
"I am happy to work on this soap project to help my people and support my family. I hope this project will continue long into the future."
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.
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!