The primary problem being addressed is malnutrition and intestinal parasites among children in rural Sambalpur, Orissa, India. Income security for unskilled rural women is also addressed. The primary school student beneficiaries receiving the enriched soymilk and de-worming medicine will experience significantly better health in terms of growth, academic capability and decreased illness; more likely resulting in fully contributing members of society.
The enriched soymilk and medicine provided to primary school students through local food processing with the VitaGoat will provide a critical increase in protein and micronutrients, reducing disease, and creating employment for rural women.
Over two years, the 15,000 children receiving the fortified soymilk & deworming medicine will enjoy superior growth and decreased illness. This will improve the quality of life for them and their families, and increase their ability to learn.