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May 2013

Grameen Danone Foods Ltd – Nutrition

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The mission of Grameen Danone Foods speaks for itself: to reduce poverty by bringing health through food to children using a unique community-based business model.

Need:

30% of all Bangladeshis and 56% of Bangladeshi children under the age of 5 suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition. The country has some of the highest child and maternal malnutrition rates according to UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report 2008. This in itself is a human tragedy. Malnutrition, however, is also a major impediment to development: malnourished people become sick more easily, can work less and find it more difficult to study. While Bangladesh produces sufficient rice to nourish its people, diets often lack vital nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

Social business solution:

Grameen Danone Foods was founded in 2006 in order to fight malnutrition. The joint venture produces a yoghurt enriched with crucial nutrients at a price of 6 BDT (= 0.06 EUR) which even the poorest can afford. However, Grameen Danone Foods affects people’s lives not only by improving their health. Benefits exist along the whole value chain. The milk for the yoghurt is purchased from micro-farmers. The production is designed in such a way as to give as many people as possible a job. Sales ladies distribute the yoghurt door-to-door and receive a 10% commission. Unsold yoghurts are taken back. In total, Grameen Danone Foods is responsible for the creation of about 1,600 jobs within a 30km radius around the plant.

There is also an environmental aspect: Solar energy is used for heating up the water, which is used for cleaning the installation and preheating water for the main boilers. In addition the packaging of the yoghurt is fully biodegradable.
Therefore Grameen Danone Foods contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the United Nations to end poverty.

Outlook:

Grameen Danone plans to expand. Within the next 10 years, more plants will be established and several hundred distribution jobs will be created. The Danone Communities Fund has been created to support this endeavor. The independent NGO The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) tested the benefits from a regular consumption of the yoghurt. Results show improvements in IQ and growth indicators among children consuming one yogurt a day for a year.

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Grameen Veolia Water Ltd – fresh drinking water

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Grameen-Veolia Water Ltd inaugurates it’s first water treatment plant for the villagers of Bangladesh, in Goalmari.

Need:

Fresh water is abundant in Bangladesh, in the form of numerous groundwater resources that are shallow and easy to exploit. However, for essentially geological reasons, almost all of the groundwater is contaminated with arsenic, very often at levels that make it a health hazard. At the beginning of the 1990s, hospitals in Bangladesh started reporting an alarming increase in the number of cases of arsenicosis. Today, 30 million Bangladeshis have fallen victim to chronic arsenic poisoning and some have even died.

Social business solution:

Against this background, Grameen and Veolia Water have decided to join forces and combine their complementary skills to make clean and safe water accessible to villagers in the poorest parts of Bangladesh.

According to the precepts of social business, whereby there are “neither losses nor dividends,” this investment will be paid for by water charges levied on consumers, which will in turn enable similar projects to be started elsewhere. The equipment will be manufactured locally on the basis of know-how transferred by Veolia Water. Grameen Bank’s extensive network will enable charges to be collected by appropriate means. About ten jobs will be created in each of the villages involved.

The first plant was inaugurated in late 2009, bringing safe water suitable for drinking and cooking to the 40,000 inhabitants of Goalmari, a village 100km east of Dhaka and its surrounding areas. A specific distribution network was installed on the basis of a detailed survey of user requirements and will include standpipes, small storage tanks and collective connections. Therefore Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to end poverty.

Outlook:

Grameen Veolia Water Ltd’s task is to build and operate several water production and treatment plants in some of the poorest villages in the center and south of Bangladesh. All in all, 100,000 people in around 5 villages will be served by this initiative for a total investment of EUR 500,000.

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BASF Grameen Ltd – Mosquito nets

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The purpose of the company is to improve the health and business opportunities of the poor of Bangladesh.

Need:

Malaria is one of the major health problems in Bangladesh. According to the WHO World Malaria Report 2009, 11 million people in Bangladesh are at risk of malaria.

Social business solution:

In March 2009, BASF and Grameen Healthcare trust decided to found the Social Business BASF Grameen Ltd. to provide protection against insect-borne diseases. This social business will also give business opportunities to poor people who otherwise would not be able to build up a business without support.

BASF Grameen Ltd. is not a charity. It sells long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) at a price which is affordable to the poor people in Bangladesh.

The insecticidal-treated nets are distributed in urban areas via grocery stores and supermarkets, and in rural areas via the established Grameen networks. The use of insecticidal nets will provide effective protection to the poor people in Bangladesh against malaria and other insect-borne diseases.

Thereby, BASF Grameen Ltd. contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to end poverty.

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The purpose of the company is to improve the health and business opportunities of the poor of Bangladesh.

 

Need:

Malaria is one of the major health problems in Bangladesh. According to the WHO World Malaria Report 2009, 11 million people in Bangladesh are at risk of malaria.

 

Social business solution:

In March 2009, BASF and Grameen Healthcare trust decided to found the Social Business BASF Grameen Ltd. to provide protection against insect-borne diseases. This social business will also give business opportunities to poor people who otherwise would not be able to build up a business without support.

 

BASF Grameen Ltd. is not a charity. It sells long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) at a price which is affordable to the poor people in Bangladesh.

The insecticidal-treated nets are distributed in urban areas via grocery stores and supermarkets, and in rural areas via the established Grameen networks. The use of insecticidal nets will provide effective protection to the poor people in Bangladesh against malaria and other insect-borne diseases.

Thereby, BASF Grameen Ltd. contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to end poverty.

 

Visit BASF Grameen Ltd.