Women United in Development, founded in June 2007, is a group of 20 women whose mission is to produce and/or purchase local natural products such as honey, peanuts, yucca, fruits, and coconuts, in order to generate valued added specialty products, such as peanut butter, a protein bar called Nutrifort, marmalade, cassava, and candy.
St. Peter the Apostle’s Social Ministry Committee and their Health Promoters have developed a program to identify malnourished children under the age of six. Through this program, the Health Promoters have identified over 450 moderately to severely malnourished children in El Cercado.
Based on this data, the micro enterprise produced a protein bar comprised of: honey, milk, peanuts, coconut oil, and multi-vitamins, called Nutrifort. The Health Promoters selected 50 of the most malnourished children and began a pilot program, giving them 2 daily protein bars, in order to determine if Nutrifort would increase their weight.
After a month, most children gained 3.5 to 4 pounds. Some children, whom never improved in other programs, did so for the first time, some gaining up to 8 pounds. Other children in the pilot program that had the disease Kwashiorkor (symptoms include swollen body and very dry skin). This protein bar cleared their skin and helped them gain weight. Based on these results, we recommend Nutrifort for clinics, nutrition and senior centers, and all people who are underweight.
The Micro enterprise sells the 3.2 oz Nutrifort protein bar for $RD 35.00 (US $.75) and the 16 oz Nutrifort jar for RD$150.00 (US$3.75)
For more information and to order Nutrifort protein bars, peanut butter, marmalade, and cassava, please call phone or email: (809)-558-0215 or (829)-762-2762.