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CEI Recognizes Nourish/Full Belly in Uganda | Nourish International

June 5, 2007 | Posted in 2007, NC State, Uganda, UNC | By

CEI Recognizes Nourish/Full Belly in Uganda

No surprise to any of you, but the Uganda Project made it into the CEI newsletter. Here’s an excerpt:

How do three friends from Carolina — a sophomore, a senior and a recent graduate – find themselves traveling to Uganda this summer to launch a manufacturing facility? It all began with an inclination for helping others. Then, the right idea came along.

Maggie Salinger, now a rising sophomore majoring in international studies, didn’t necessarily see herself starting a business. But her desire to help people combined with Carolina’s encouragement of entrepreneurship led her down this path. “I’ve known for a while that I wanted to be involved in a career based on providing some sort of assistance to impoverished countries, but I never knew what that would be,” she said.

Joel Thomas, who graduated in 2006 with a degree in biology and a minor in entrepreneurship, got a taste of social entrepreneurship as a student by working with Nourish International, an organization designed to support student-led ventures that raise funds and increase awareness about the global hunger crisis. He points to the inspiration of Sindhura Citineni, director of Nourish International and a 2004 UNC graduate. “She was my mentor and was always very encouraging,” Thomas said. “And the rest of the university, through the entrepreneurship minor and the Carolina Challenge, is so active already.” Thomas is now the director of Nourish International.

Danika Barry, a rising senior political science and public policy major, knew she wanted to help people in other countries develop into entrepreneurs.

In November 2006, all three attended a talk on campus from a representative of the Full Belly Project, a Wilmington, N.C.-based nonprofit. That’s when they learned about Full Belly’s invention, the Universal Nut Sheller — a simple mechanical machine that can shell peanuts 50 times faster than by hand. In many places around the world today, women and children spend more than eight hours a day hand shelling the nuts. Peanuts provide the primary source of protein for about half a billion people worldwide.

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  1. Mary Thomas
    September 9, 2007

    Really enjoyed reading the article in the CEI Newsletter. Hat’s off to the entire team for all the work you are doing with the peanut sheller.
    Stay safe & heathy,
    Mary Thomas

  2. Matt Callahan
    September 9, 2007

    Go Universal Nut Sheller! Gosh, I can’t believe I’m actually writing to you all–the fame! You guys wouldn’t be able, to, ya know, shell my nuts for me, would you?
    Your biggest fan,