Project Number: 2
Project Title: S.O.W Africa Project Protein
Pillar of organization: Health and Vocational Empowerment
Start date of Project: 22nd December 2017
Completion date: March 2018
Project Protein was undertaken to create awareness of the importance of a proper nutrition to longevity in Nwangele Local government, a rural community in Imo state Nigeria. This project idea was birthed in 2015 from the notice of the lack of proteinous foods in the beneficiary community. Over the years, the single need for protein evolved into the need for all nutrients equally. The event took place on 22nd December 2017 in the headquarters of Nwangele Local Government of Imo State, Nigeria where there was great attendance of over 110 men, women and children.
The event stemmed from the Health and Vocational Empowerment pillars of the organization. Project Protein’s goal was to educate the indigenes of Nwangele Local Government on the importance of good nutrition to holistic wellbeing. The attendees were taught how to use their locally grown foods to get all needed nutrients as well as cost-effective produce from the marketplace.
A dietitian was in attendance to share professional insight on the importance of a balanced diet to the community’s health. In addition to the nutrition discussion, all the attendees received a package which contained food stuffs for a balanced diet. They received tomatoes, onions, crawfish, pumpkin vegetables, a fruit, rice and beans.
By way of this project, we noticed that many of the residents of the community had illnesses relating to certain nutritional deficiencies and could be treated with basic health facilities. These individuals have been collected and arranged to be transported for the upcoming free medical mission taking place in the same state- Imo state, Nigeria. S.O.W Africa has partnered with the organizers of this medical mission and will ensure that the individuals are given adequate medical attention.
With this project, we also included the business development pillar of the organization to promote sustainability of businesses in this community. Six indigenes were chosen to be empowered by the provision of business development consulting and funding to their existing business or grassroot business ideas.
Project Protein turned out very instrumental towards the growth of the community (Nwangele) in terms of healthy living. We paraphrase Mrs Caroline Achonye’s words that, “Sometimes when somebody has diabetes, they have been taught to avoid a lot of foods, which make them feel they have to starve or scarcely eat. However, with the education the dietitian gave us at the project, someone with diabetes can eat, but control the quantity of intake”. Also, they learned the foods they can eat and have to avoid when they have high blood pressure. She further expressed that the take home packages were very helpful for the women to have a representation of healthy foods to eat (tomatoes, onions, crawfish, rice, beans, pumpkin leaves/spinach and oranges).
So far, project protein fulfilled its mission to educate the community on healthier feeding/improved nutrition. We have followed up by ensuring that the six beneficiaries are equipped to maintain their respective businesses through laying a tailored business plan and adequate funding. This way, families can also be equipped to afford healthy eating.
Through the kindness of our donors and supporters during our fundraising, we were able to have enough for the project and more to facilitate follow-up activities in this community which are a part of our sustainability plan. From our current organization budget, we have allocated some funds for the business development aspect of the project. As plans unfold, we shall allocate funds according to our financial abilities. To give, please click here.
Business Development Projects
The following individuals were selected under the business development projects:
- Fidelia Ndiribe
- Evelyn Okoronkwo
- Ogechi Onuoha
- Catherine Mbakwe
- Anokwute Ugochi
- Chinyere Onyechere
The S.O.W Africa team will be working with the following individuals chosen for business development and funding strategies for the projects. We will be working with them on maximizing profits, budgeting capital and reaching and sustaining customers. The assigned team will draw up a schedule of funding as well as a sustainable business plan.
The timeline for the projects follow-up is as follows:
- Meet with the individuals to discuss plan drawn out: February 3rd
- Draw up sustainable business plan drafts for businesses : February 6th
- 1st round of funding:(#140,000) – $400, February 7th
- 1st follow up meeting after funding to check progress: March 3rd
- 2nd round of funding(based on performance of 1st round): March 3rd
- 2nd follow up meeting: March 17th
- 3rd (final) round of funding: March 31st
- Final meeting to address any special issues: March 31st
- Periodic check ins: Monthly until July
Most of the issues identified in this community stemmed out of the lack of education or exposure to certain advanced practices. Most of the people dwelling in the community lack the knowledge of basic financial practices and terms such as budgeting, calculating profit and others. This makes it challenging to record and detect progress or backwardness. As SOW Africa, we are working with the beneficiaries through finance lessons which include budgeting and record keeping.