What’s healthy, delicious and is tackling the malnutrition crisis in Malawi?

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Peanut butter

This protein-packed spread is a nutrition powerhouse, filled with vital nutrients that young children need.

When added to infants’ diets, it helps them grow up healthy and strong.

Sadly, one in three children in Malawi are chronically malnourished, and many don’t live to see their fifth birthday.

But there is a solution to malnutrition — and it all starts with the humble peanut

and a little help from you!

You can help mums in Malawi harness the power of the peanut to beat malnutrition.

Your donation can provide training and equipment, so Malawian mothers can make nutritious peanut butter to eat and sell.

A solution for malnutrition, in a nutshell

Here's how it works

Step 1

Peanut preparation

Mothers join community peanut butter groups and work together to plant their own peanut crops. When it’s harvest time, they pick and prepare the peanuts.

Step 2

From peanuts to paste

Mums also complete training in peanut butter processing, mastering how to operate the processing equipment. In a single day, they can make 50 jars of peanut butter.

Step 3

Peanut butter for sale

Next, they sell their peanut butter to other members of their community, earning a steady income that they use to pay for healthy foods, like vegetables, and for their children’s school fees.

Step 4

A fix for malnutrition

To tackle malnutrition, mums feed the protein-packed spread to their children.

Mkulila says, “Apart from selling the peanut butter to others, we also buy it for use at home like adding it into porridge that we give to our children."

Before Mkulila learnt how to make and sell peanut butter, life was difficult. Her daughter was malnourished and would often get sick.

But now — thanks to a healthy dose of peanut power — Mkulila makes enough money to buy vegetables and peanut butter, so her precious daughter gets the vital nutrients that all growing kids need.

“Seeing the health of our children improve makes us happy, because I am not happy as a mother when I know the child is malnourished.”

Help break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition in Malawi

The peanut butter solution is helping Mkulila break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition — one jar at a time. But many mums in Malawi still need your urgent support.

Your tax-deductible donation can empower more women, like Mkulila, with the training and equipment they need to make and sell peanut butter. With your support, they can protect their children from malnutrition and lift their families out of poverty.

Please donate today and help spread this vital solution

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