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A social enterprise in Nepal that addresses the issue of Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA). Focusing on women and children as ambassadors for good health, the project is creating a sustainable and profitable way of supplementing diets in a most natural and healthy way.
The project is working with schools, women’s associations and the local government to mobilise change and create awareness about micronutrient deficiencies such as IDA. Our social enterprise will be implemented as a ‘Spirulina cooperative’ whereby members of the community can cultivate this superfood to sell in local markets and consume as they wish.
The project is based upon a striking statistic; 36% of pregnancy aged women in Nepal suffer from IDA. Project 36 along with its project partners is aiding the effort to see this reduced until it is no longer a significant problem.
Top 3 learnings:
● Figures are yet to be recorded.
● Estimates see the positive impact of the carbon dioxide absorbed by Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis).
● Potential for carbon savings is huge, with larger cultivation projects absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere.
● Prospects of Biodiesel creation, using the spirulina and algae as the base product are becoming more economically viable, with carbon savings unparalleled.
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