Once again, thank you for your generous support. We greatly appreciate your partnership in helping FORUDEF to better the lives of individuals and communities in Cameroon.
The juice project is going well. Currently, Susan is at a trade fair where she will promote the juice from the project as well as the project in general. Also, the success of the juice business so far has led us to consider starting a store in town focused on selling the products from this project. The demand is there, we just need to find the right location- in terms of affordability and accessabillity.
Also, to clarify our progress to date, we have used donations to purchase a deep freezer, cooler, and large flask. These items have increased FORUDEF’s ability to scale up its production of juice. As a result, a group of 4-5 women are now able to produce 30-40 500 mL bottles of juice in a day. In addition, the deep freezer has allowed FORUDEF to purchase fruit when it is cheapest, and store it until it is needed. The ability to store fruit has also made juice processing malleable to demands for the processor’s time; fruit can be cut and frozen one day, and turned into juice the next without fear of it spoiling.As noted in our earlier report, although there is much interest amongst women’s groups and individuals in participating in this project, FORUDEF lacks both the financial and social capital to expand the initiative. However, we have prioritized the purchase of professional-grade fruit processors once we have acquired the neccessary funding. This purchase will expedite the process of fruit processing and help to expand the scope of this initiative.
We look forward to providing more updates as this project grows and we thank you for your support and generosity.
Thank you for your generous support and you continued interest in helping FORUDEF to affect a meaningful change in the lives of individuals and communities in Cameroon.
Using donations given towards the juicing initiative, FORUDEF has been able to purchase a deep freezer, cooler, and large flask. These items have exponentially increased FORUDEF’s ability to scale up its production of juice. As a result, a group of 4-5 women are now able to produce 30-40 500 mL bottles of juice in a day. In addition, the deep freezer has allowed FORUDEF to purchase fruit when it is cheapest, and store it until it is needed. The ability to store fruit has also made juice processing malleable to demands for the processor’s time; fruit can be cut and frozen one day, and turned into juice the next without fear of it spoiling.
FORUDEF staff, namely, Susan Tabe, have been training participants in this initiative both in how to process juice from fresh, locally available fruits, and the nutritional value of consuming fruit. As such, the juicing project is continuing to achieve its two-fold objective: to improve the nutritional standards of the community in which FORUDEF operates, and to equip women with vocational skills to generate income.
Although there is much interest amongst women’s groups and individuals in participating in this project, FORUDEF lacks both the financial and social capital to expand the initiative. FORUDEF has prioritized the purchase of professional-grade fruit processors with the next donations it receives. This purchase will expedite the process of fruit processing, which will, in turn, free up time for more women to be trained in fruit processing. As such, it is expected that once funding for fruit processors has been gained, the scope of this initiative will expand once again.
The juicing program remains a significant goal for FORUDEF, and is continuing to grow incrementally. FORUDEF continues to work within communities, specifically with women’s groups, to raise their nutritional awareness. A significant component of this is the role of fruit in providing essential vitamins and minerals. As a result, the women’s groups have been, in general, receptive and motivated to pursue the juicing program. Their interest in both generating income and boosting the health of their families has added to FORUDEF’s mission to complete this project.
Currently, funding has restricted FORUDEF’s ability to purchase professional grade fruit processors that will produce juice on a larger scale. Until this is possible, the progress of this project remains at the level of educating and garnering local interest and support. However, we are hoping to have a juicer of this size and ability purchased within the year, and look forward to generating income while also building healthy communities through juice production.
FORUDEF's efforts to implement a two-fold approach to community building through its juicing project has continued to build momentum in recent months. Part of FORUDEF's organizational mandate is to enhance nutrition and health knowledge; the juicing project will support that goal by increasing access to vital nutrients that many rural Cameroonians lack.
While fund development progresses, FORUDEF is working to raise nutritional and health awareness in local communities. This has been achieved largely through sensitization meetings with various Common Interest Groups (CIGs) and village councils. In addition, FORUDEF's weekly nutrition radio program broadcast from Buea has discussed the value of fruit, and encouraged listeners to consume it in various forms, including juice. In these ways, FORUDEF intends to create a market for its juice products which will, in turn, boost health while simultaneously garnering income and establishing microenterprise. FORUDEF staff have seen much growth in the community and individual mindset towards nutrition, and an increasing interest in the juice project. As such, it is expected that by the time the fundraising stage is complete, the communities will also be prepared to particpate meaningfully in strengthening their families both physyicall and economically.
We want to thank you for your continued support of FORUDEF's mission to empower locals to be leaders of change in their own families and communities. Your support is invaluable, and extends farther that you might imagine. We appreciate your advocacy on our behalf to your personal networks so that we can reach our funding goals, and implment this project in full.
It’s another year 2014. Our donors continue to make their commitment to see us serve our communities. We wish you a wonderful and rewarding 2014 in all your engagements. Since we received the last donations you made to this project, much has happened in fostering the impact of the project to FORUDEF and the communities we serve.
As your donations continue to come in, we continue to add to the equipment we need for the project. Given the investment means available, we are continuing to process fruit and make juice on a small scale, in hope of increasing stocks and hence business.
We are excited about the potential demand volume of fresh fruit juice of pineapple, papaya, carrot, and mango. Our supply and demand base is being built gradually. All of these would have not been possible without your support. Thank you ever so much for your donations. We count your generosity to improve the lives of many in a part of the world you may not have seen before. You are wonderful!
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