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Afya - Utilizing spirulina in the fight against malnutrition in Uganda

A project from Enactus Mannheim e.V.
in Kampala, Uganda

Spirulina - A microalgae with a huge impact! With the cultivation of this extraordinary superfood we build a local social enterprise and combat malnutrition and its consequences in Uganda, Africa!

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What is the project about?
 
Protein-energy malnutrition, a drastic nutritional deficiency, is a health crisis that particularly affects children and threatens to "destroy an entire generation" in Uganda (UNICEF). Let's talk about facts and figures: 
 
  • 5 million children suffer from consequences of malnutrition
  • 1/3 of all children in Uganda are physically underdeveloped 
  • 4 out of 10 deaths among children under 5 are related to inadequate nutrition 
With the vision to provide a better future, Afya was born in 2017. Spirulina is our answer to malnutrition due to its powerful nutritional properties: it contains 70% proteins (compared to 23% in meat or 36% in soy), 11 vitamins and all essential amino acids. In addition, Spirulina is very sustainable in production, saving 200x land, 218x water and 120x energy compared to its alternatives.


What are the goals and who is the target audience?
 
Afya's immediate goal is to combat malnutrition among school children in Uganda and create local awareness about malnutrition. To this end, we operate our distribution on two tracks: 
 
1. We sell our commercial product to high-income households through local gyms and pharmacies. 
 
2. We reach out to those most affected by malnutrition through our collaboration with local schools, churches and community leaders, offering more affordable Spirulina to low-income households. 


Who stands behind the project?
 
Afya is a project of Enactus Mannheim e.V. and our local partner Dr. Kiiza in Kampala, Uganda. Thus, we are a team of German and Ugandan experts.
 
Enactus is the world's largest platform for social entrepreneurship and Afya is part of this network. Our German core team consists of 12 students from the University of Mannheim. Our partners in Uganda ensure the operational success of Afya. Harvesting the algae and maintaining our high regulatory quality are the daily tasks of our team in Uganda. 


Why should you support this project? 
 
As the first and only producer of spirulina in Uganda, Afya has a clear mission: to make balanced nutrition accessible to all levels of society. With Afya, we strive to create a long-term and sustainable change for future generations. Join us on our journey and be part of the social impact we are creating!

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Spirulina - A microalgae with a huge impact! With the cultivation of this extraordinary superfood we build a local social enterprise and combat malnutrition and its consequences in Uganda, Africa!

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betterplace.org is the largest German donation platform. Since 2007 we have been helping people, aid organizations and companies to do good. All projects on betterplace.org are non-profit. Since we ourselves also do not work for profit, our platform is free of charge for the projects.
2007founded
12,500non-profit organisations
185m €for a good cause
Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Logo)