SIL and its partners have been working with women smallholder farmers in Mozambique to provide a way to increase their income.
By making biscuits called “spare change” and selling them at roadsides (to passersby, children, etc.) the women are including soy in the recipes and making money that they keep among themselves. Using a prototype hand grinder and strainer, the group of women are making the biscuits and splitting the profits. A small amount is held back from each sale to raise funds to purchase other materials and tools to continue the enterprise. The women also become trainers for the next group of women entrepreneurs.
As the profit grows, other women are inspired to form new working groups, and the process becomes self sustaining. The value-added food products the women make to sell also help to bring better nutrition into home kitchens to alleviate childhood stunting that is so prevalent in the area. Note: This is an English subtitled version of a training video for field use in the local language and Portuguese.
This video is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development. The contents are the responsibility of SIL and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.