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The February team is the third group to work on the Hidden Hunger project since its conception in December 2018. December and January were able to effectively establish a customer segment and their problem statements. The February team have since been able to move into completing currency testing with Rural Malawian Mothers and start various utility tests in order to discover if the USTAWI application fits the Malawian context. All three summer teams have also worked on establishing and...

Samantha Orum
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Samantha Orum

Introduction The Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DON) was established in 2004 to recognise problems faced by the people of Malawi associated with nutrition and widespread diseases. One of their main tools they utilise is their nutrition information system which is a data management tool inclusive of all districts to provide near real time information on nutrition interventions to stunting reduction. The main goal of this is to provide aid on a widespread scale. The Hidden Hunger...

Alex Agostinelli
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Alex Agostinelli

  Introduction The report that has been created for Western Sydney University (WSU), and written by the Hidden Hunger team. It contains the results of the customer segment and business development experiments that were conducted during the summer. WSU supplied Project Everest with an nutrition application; with which our customers conduct a survey of what they have eaten in the past 24 hours, then the Hidden Hunger team uses the results to generate a nutrition report. The update report...

Liam Button
by Liam Button
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Liam Button

Lean Phase: Customer Segment Assumption: Potential stakeholders are willing to meet with PEV. They will understand the barriers towards solving malnutrition and can provide data ad advice on how to tackle this problem. These stakeholders will be interested in the USTAWI application and will express an interest in a partnership. Time Box: July Weeks 1-4 Success Metric: 1) Number of groups which can provide access and data and/or advice on the direction of the project. 2) Number of...

Charlotte Crofts
by Charlotte Crofts
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Charlotte Crofts

As the first month of Social Consulting, our major focus was to collect information about the attitudes, knowledge and infrastructure established within microfinance in Malawi. This was established by identifying protentional customer segments within urban, fringe-urban and rural regions of the greater Blantyre region, and developing an understanding of attitudes and barriers when engaging with finance. This was conducted through individual interviews with small business owners, village...

Samantha Orum
by Samantha Orum
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Samantha Orum

This post outlines the fundamental problems in the financial space in Malawi, and are detailed further in other posts. The two fundamental issues are that there is a huge lack of access to capital, and a huge lack of financial/business education.  Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 90% of the population living on less than $2/day, and 75% living below the lowest poverty threshold of $1.25/day (Human Development Report, 2011). The majority of Malawians are...

Kurt Michl
by Kurt Michl
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Kurt Michl

Background We have done some surveys of small business owners around the Blantyre and Limbe markets to validate our customer segment. We have come to the consensus that there is a big stigma against borrowing a loan, at least from a financial institution, due to a fear of debt. This stigma stems from two major reason: 1) High interest rates and 2) no collateral. Another fascinating revelation we found from conducting our surveys is that the marketplace is a very collectivist society....

Seif Zakri Stacey
by Seif Zakri Stacey
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Seif Zakri Stacey

Over the past week, the Cambodia ERS team have been hit with some massive roadblocks that have forced us to come to a complete standstill on our original monthly goals; so we pivot!   With four full days this week to test new ideas, the team is in the process of prototyping upcycling techniques for some of the most common waste found in Siem Reap. The three prototypes we have explored are: Making plastic string from plastic bottles. Reshaping and moulding plastic...

Samantha Orum
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Samantha Orum

Wollongong, Australia

Joined this community on Jan 3, 2018

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UOW

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Science

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Cambodia

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