What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Since inception in 2012, we’ve Each day gotten closer to reaching our goal of reducing widespread Iron deficiency anemia, vitamin A, zinc,& folic acid deficiencies among millions of children & young women.
-We’ve contracted 200 farmers through their cooperatives to produce grain amaranth, moringa oleifera & mushroom.
-Introduced a new micro-nutrient packed seasoning premix with numerous health benefits packaged in 50g reusable dispensation bottles/100g sachets used to season any food just like with iodized salt.
- Installed an-all-important micro-nutrient fortification facility that proportionally dispenses micronutrients into flour during processing.
-We've invested a total of $5,000 in the enterprise.
- Advanced to raise further capital through the Prestigious 2013 Echoing Green Fellowship and striving to raise further capital through the Ashoka Changemaker.
What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?
The long-term impact of this project are to:
1. Produce a device that allows for effective, affordable, and sustainable production of a fortified product at small, local mills that is nutritionally adequate for the target population.
2. Reduce the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in the target population resulting in decreased rates of maternal and infant mortality, childhood blindness, infection, diarrhea, mental retardation, and lead to increased energy, school attendance, worker productivity and economic development.
Small-scale fortification promises to be one of the most significant break-through technologies in reaching rural and most at-risk populations.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The simplicity and adaptability of the current procedure would likely rule out any insurmountable challenges. This has proven true during the pilot phase in Abeokuta and would likely be the case once scaled-up across Nigeria and other African countries. Lack of attention to the needs and concerns of the community and inability to adapt to and address local concerns would present a challenge to the project's success. Such success, however, will depend largely on the development and adherence to a strong and sustainable business model, which has been designed by ENS.