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Maní+

Guatemala, GU, Guatemala | http://www.maniplus.org
Joined in August 2012

About Us

Maní+ offers an innovative and holistic approach to combating malnutrition in Guatemala while providing economic development opportunities for rural farmers in communities affected by malnutrition.

We have developed a locally-sourced and nutrient rich supplementary food customized to the specific nutritional needs of Guatemalan children. Our Ready To Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) is accompanied by a culturally-appropriate educational model and programs to help farmers produce high-value products for new markets.

Our model is based on financial sustainability through sales at affordable prices, with surplus revenues invested in expansion and new product development.

Maní+ is a collaborative effort of the Instituto de Nutrición de Centroamérica y Panamá (INCAP) and the Shalom Foundation, with support from Vanderbilt University, Funcafé, the Full Belly Project, Valid Nutrition, and others.

Our mission: to develop and produce products to combat malnutrition, distribute them in a way that maximizes social impact, and provide economic opportunities for small producers.

Our vision: to end chronic malnutrition in Guatemala through providing effective nutritional supplements and opening market opportunities for farmers affected by malnutrition.

The Maní+ model consists of 5 key components

1. The Product. Maní+ has developeda Ready-To-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) that rapidly and effectively combats the specific forms of malnutrition found in Guatemala through a balance of protein, calories, and micronutrients.

2. Economic and Agricultural Development. By purchasing local ingredients, Maní+ opens new market opportunities for rural farmers while working with them to eliminate aflatoxin contamination and obtain international certifications.

3. Education. Maní+ provides culturally-appropriate workshops for mothers and children in local languages, emphasizing overall nutrition as well as how to use RUSFs.

4. Research and Development. Maní+ develops new and better products to combat nutritional problems in the laboratories of INCAP.

5. Social Enterprise. Maní+ is a social enterprise, capable of being 100% self-sustainable and reinvesting surplus revenue directly in the project.

Maní+ offers an innovative and holistic approach to combating malnutrition in Guatemala while providing economic development opportunities for rural farmers in communities affected by malnutrition.

We have developed a…

Areas of Focus Include

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health & Medicine
  • Volunteering

Location

  • Edificio INCAP I
    6-25 Calzada Roosevelt Z. 11
    Guatemala, GU 01011
    GT

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