Combining Nutritional Supplement and Income Generation at HIV Affected Homesteads

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Combining Nutritional Supplement and Income Generation at HIV Affected Homesteads

Swaziland
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

HIV by itself is deadly. HIV in combination with poor nutrition is devastating. Introducing Moringa Oleifera into rural Swazi homesteads would provide both a nutritional supplement to raise the baseline nutritional level and provide the opportunity for income generation from the sale of excess leaf and seed product.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lack of proper diet and nutrition for 1. impoverished families in general and 2. for HIV+ children and caregivers specifically. Poor opportunities for impoverished families to generate meaningful income.
About You
Organization:
African Leadership Partners
Section 1: About You
First Name

Daran

Last Name

Rehmeyer

Website
Organization

African Leadership Partners

Country
Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

African Leadership Partners

Organization Phone

+268.404.3497

Organization Address

Box 131 Eveni, H103, Swaziland

Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Website URL
Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

The staple diet at a typical homestead is high in carbohydrates with little other nutritional value. There is currently no high nutrition value supplement available at the homestead. The potential to grow and harvest a supplement at the homestead that also has other beneficial uses would empower the homestead. Stems and leaves are excellent fodder for livestock, the seeds can be pressed for oil, the seed cake can be used as a flocculant for water from unclean sources, the seed pods can be eaten as well.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
What impact have you had?

Introducing Moringa into the community in its final form (dried, powdered leaves) as a nutritional supplement to generate awareness and acceptance of the supplement.

Actions

Introduction of Moringa to gain acceptance of the supplement as a beneficial and useful addition to the existing diet.

Results

General acceptance of the supplement will generate demand for the product. This will further enable for the income generation to be meaningful.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Year 1: introduction of the final product to generate awareness, acceptance and demand, Year 2: introduction of seeds and seedlings to individual homesteads, and Year 3: buying surplus leaves and seeds from excess homestead production.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Resistance to accepting something new into the diet.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Kudvumisa Trust

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Sharing expertise and not trying to redevelop expertise that other organizations already have learned.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Start up and scale up capital for leaf dryers and oils presses.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Realization that without proper nutrition, HIV and TB medications were fighting a losing battle.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Daran has 20 years experience as an engineer and businessman. He believes the approach to aid in Swaziland has developed a dependency culture and hopes it can be broken by introducing and teaching individual and homestead responsibility for the outcome of their plight

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Friend or family member

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company