The co-operative of women will:
- Share resources (produce, water, oil for cooking, meat, beans, rice, etc.)
- Have one nutritious meal cooked for their children and families per day
- Learn from each other, share practices and build a strong community
- Pass the knowledge about food preparation to their children and this is a great way to educate
- Share support to prepare nutritious food for their families, especially for the children
- Negotiate better prices with the local farmers as they will purchase in bulks; farmers will estibate the demand better as they know what the women would cook.
The co-operative of the women could own a mobile phone to communicate with suppliers.
Lunch Menus: The cooperative of women could start with a menu of a couple of different meals and instructions how to prepare them.
Additionally, I like the idea of the fixed menus by the DreamDinners.
Distribution: lunch boxes are distributed to the families who signed up to the program by local youngsters on bikes, who volunteer to do this and get a free lunch. This distribution channel could be used to sell the fortified panela- a local product made out of sugar cane as part of the lunch box.
Issues this concept is addressing:
- ”….As bad nutrition is one of the main causes of vulnerability to disease, ….” Grameen Creative Lab’s inspiration
- 23% of Caldas population are at risk of malnutrition.
- “The diet is a high carb diet. If you go to a neighborhood supermarket, you can see that the cheaper product there are the sugars and carbs and the most expensive are the vegetables and the meat. That's why their diet is high in carbohydrates and low in animal protein and fiber”, as mentioned by Luz Alba Gallo in her inspiration about the eating habits in a low-income community in Bogotá).
Resources/this concept leverages:
Women as the center of society: The idea of the cooperative is inspired by Juan Cajiao and his post “Latin America’s poverty has a woman’s face” He talks about the role of the women (quote from the inspiration):
- They lead families setting the religious and societal values.
- They keep the community connected through their networks sharing knowledge (and gossips).
- They buy and prepare the food holding the ability to improve the family health.
- Their health during pregnancy determines the child health.
What is needed for this concept to work?
Training: the women, members of the cooperative will need initial guidance what to cook and how to prepare the food by a nutrition specialist. The specialist shall be available for consultations via a cell phone. Knowledge in accounting is also acuired so that the business can survive.
Financing: The cooperative of women might take a small loan to purchase utensils for cooking, refrigerator and an efficient and sustainable cooker – like the solar cooker, Chillibreeze, (Ian Sullivan’s inspiration) or the Wonderbag™ - the heat retention cooker from South Africa.