The Factory’s Success!
Almost a year after production began in Meds & Food for Kids’ new factory, MFK is proud to see success. The factory, which started producing life-saving peanut butter last July, has replaced the old two-story renovated house, which was once the home of MFK’s effort. Since the move, our production capacity has increased ten-fold, from 80 metrictons annually to 800 metric tons,which can treat80,000 severely malnourished children each year. In under a year of operations the new factory has already produced enough Medika Mamba to treat over 30,000 children, a tremendous start!
Home to the MFK offices and training rooms, as well as the factory, MFK is now housed in one building. Several of the 52 local Haitian employees hold managerial positions such as General Manager, Production Officer, Maintenance Officer and Facility Officer. With this success the factoryis on track to one day be self-sustainable and run completely by local Haitians.
Because MFK has passed three international food safety audits, the only production facility or NGO in Haiti to do so, demand for Medika Mamba and other nutritional products is expected to rise, as will production. MFK is also producing new foods for other vulnerable populations. We have begun production on Vita Mamba, a supplementary snack for school children and continue to churn out Mamba Djanm, a Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) designed to treat moderate malnutrition. We have also begun piloting Mamba Djanm as a prenatal supplement for pregnant and nursing mothers.
By working closely with the agriculture team, the factory has been able to increase the Haitian peanuts used in Medika Mamba. Currently 25% of the peanuts are coming from Haitian farmers and with increased funding and further training and education to local farmers, the factory will be able to use up to 50% of Haitian peanuts in the coming years. The success is extremely exciting and we thank everyone for the continued support as we continue working diligently to grow a bright future in Haiti.
by: Elaine Jaworski