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Nutri-Life-Set: Healthy life for all.

Nutri-Life-Set; connecting pregnant women, children under 5 (0-5 years) and their mothers to nutritional diet.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

NUTRI-LIFE-SET (NLS), a social enterprise that focuses on nutritional (under & over) detection, nutritional education and nutritional intervention. Africa and Asia bear the greatest share of all forms of malnutrition. It gets worse with the aftermath of several years of terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria (especially in Bama, Banki, Pulka, Gwoza, Bita, Askira-Uba, Damboa, Chiboj and Bulabulin, all in Borno State), leaving behind extreme poverty, pain, famine etc., with little or no concerted action to harness demographic dividend. NLS is a holistic solution to malnutrition as it would heal some of the wounds of communities in northern Nigeria; from feeding, to economy, to health, to unemployment, to community development and others. NLS operates via testing (detection), manufacturing, communication, and treatment. NLS is a start-up manufacturing business of fortified blended foods (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food), namely: Pumpy Nut, Pumpy Mom, High Energy Biscuits, Micro-nutrient Powder, Nutri-butter, Super Cereal etc. NLS fortified blended food (RUTF), is specifically formulated for the nutritional rehabilitation of severely malnourished children and mothers. The fortified blended foods (RUTF) will be made available to mothers in exchange for their garbage; the garbage will serve as a medium of exchange. With our model, mothers pay for the fortified blended food with garbage, enabling vulnerable children to access the NLS range of fortified blended foods. This way, NLS will enable us to put our garbage resources to good use, which will encourage a cleaner environment and bridge the gap between the community and access to nutritional food. All garbage collected will then be separated into two; organic and inorganic garbage. While the organic will be processed into organic fertilizer to be made available to farmers. The inorganic garbage will be made available to private recycling companies.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our major beneficiaries are pregnant women, children under 5 (0-5 years) and their mothers, helping them to build a strong immune system and reduce the high mortality rate. Malnutrition is costly with an unnecessary burden; this is what NUTRI-LIFE-SET (NLS) is about preventing- saving family unnecessary burden and cost. NLS benefits the farmers greatly, as organic garbage collected will be turned into organic fertilizer, which will help a network of farmers to boost nutritious farm produce. Put differently, it has a direct impact on food security of a recovering territory like northern Nigeria. NLS benefits the local residents with recruitment into various aspects of the NLS namely: production of the fortified blended foods, waste management, nutritionists, field officers, volunteers etc., thereby engaging the working demographic of most women and youth under 35 years, for a decent pay.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Lack of nutritional diet among vulnerable communities, people and the less-privileged, especially, mothers and children under 5 have been part of the leading cause for a high rate of mortality, it is a global problem. After research and multiple prototypes, the NLS outperforms other ideas working to eradicate malnutrition. NLS implementation addresses malnutrition in its entirety (holistic manner), which include; medical (health), education, waste management, economy (unemployment), community development etc. Likewise, the NLS Implementation addresses a notable number of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) namely: No Poverty; Zero Hunger; Good Health and Well-being; Gender Equality; Descent Work and Economic Growth; Industry; Innovation and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production and; Education. Also, NLS recognizes – and uses – recycling as an important weapon in the fight against global warming which makes our work a unique one.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Calidad Human Health and Development Initiative (CHDI) was formed with a transformational goal: help save the lives of millions of people who lack access to good health through innovative ways to lift and enhance the value of human life. http://calidadhdi.org/ http://allafrica.com/stories/201611280710.html

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Watching Jamilat, my 9 month old sister die after struggling to survive, thin to the bone, with dry inelastic, pale and cold skin, ridden by weakness, breathing difficultly, non-stop running of nose, stiff neck and a high body temperature, with facial fat loss, has being a source of motivation and inspiration working to bring about Nutri-Life-Set (NLS). NLS ensure that no other child has to suffer the excruciating pain and death when it can be averted. My experience birthed NLS.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace in Bama, Banki, Pulka, Gwoza, Bita, Askira-Uba, Damboa, Chiboj and Bulabulin, all in Borno State, Nigeria has been impacted by years of insurgent attack. Prosperity has been influenced by insurgent attack that was largely fuel based on extreme poverty, without the concerted action of harnessing demographic dividend, various communities faced backlash from the growing number of disgruntled and unemployed youth that emerged, with such rate of unemployment significantly increasing social risk and tension, creating an underlying factor for insurgent attack and possibly war.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

In the pursuit of execution of the NLS, our partners have been carefully selected in such a way their participation and inclusion ensure the smooth functioning of the whole set. The list of our partners includes; Center for Information Technology and Development- will be in charge of the software development which includes NLS platform, website, and required gadget. The national institution on Nutrition- will be in charge of satisfying the unique fortified formula for Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). North-west University, Women Farmers Advancement Network, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Saxifrage Outreach and One.org- will help in the aspect of technical know-how in the execution of NLS. Jeffa Industries- will be in charge of setting up of production plant and its production. Hart industry LTD- will be in charge of recycling.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Bama, Banki, Pulka, Gwoza, Bita, Askira-Uba, Damboa, Chibok, & Bulabulin have a huge working demographic, a ready labour force, both skilled and unskilled. It is a society where youth live, & work, a society of strong workforce. The aforementioned communities have a huge land mass and it’s largely favourable to farming. They also have common goals, all they want is a return to a life of hope, to do that, they see the need of staying alive, thus their active participation in NLS is ensured.

Geographic Focus

Project NLS is to be executed in Borno state of, Northern Nigeria, of the West Africa state.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

All eligible ideas must be implemented within a 36-month timeline. Project Nutri-Life-Set (NLS), will be implemented in a record time of 26 months with the assistance of our notable partners.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • Yes

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

There have been many important evolvements in the NLS, Here are some of the advancements that have had a significant impact on how NLS operate and users interact with prospects. Product Registration Portal building (Software Development) Mobile App Decreasing cost/increasing functionality

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