Mani+ Nutrition for a Toddler
Required to Fulfill Village Needs
Mani+ provides a Guatemalan toddler the opportunity for a successful life. If the child receives Mani+ between the ages of 6 months to 3 years, research shows that they will be a better student in school, experience lower rates of chronic and infectious disease, and they will outgrow their oldest cousin.
WHAT IS THE PRODUCT?
This no-water-needed nutrition product will provide one toddler (age 6 months to 3 years) in El Rosario with enriching minerals and micronutrients to help their bones, brain and internal organs develop correctly. This contribution also includes costs associated with delivery and nutrition education for the mother which has never been available to the mother.
WHAT DOES IT SOLVE?
Your contribution solves chronic malnutrition. If Mani+ is delivered to the community on a regular basis, children will no longer suffer from the lifelong effects of chronic malnutrition such as stunted growth, weakened immune systems, underdeveloped organs and delayed cognitive development. Servings of this product from 6 months to 3 years solves malnutrition in the youngest generation. Another vital part of this contribution is the nutrition and health-related education sessions for the mothers involved in the Mani+ program. In 99% of the cases, the information presented about healthy eating, cleanliness and food preparation is new and will drastically improve the situation of their family.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
In Guatemala, an average of 25% of elementary-aged children do not move on to the next grade a large part is due to underdeveloped organs and low energy. Research by the Central American Nutritional Institute found that toddlers who have a nutrition intervention, like daily servings of Mani+, will have 40% higher lifetime earnings. This product kickstarts families, communities and the entire country of Guatemala to succeed.
WHERE IS IT SOURCED?
Mani+ is sourced in Guatemala and was created by Guatemalan nutritionists for Guatemala’s youngest children. Mani+ is a product of NutriPlus which promotes sustainable business, economic development and supports local farmers.
PRODUCT RESEARCH RESULTS
Mani+ conducted a 6-week pilot study and found children were able to increase weight and height in a healthy way. The study showed an average 6.3% increase in weight (1.26lbs) and 12.2% increase in height (3.14 inches). Read more about the study.
LEVEL OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
This is the first stage of the social development process and improves individual lives.