An exploratory mission was carried out by our Technical Director in February 2015. After the GO Board of Directors in June 2015 a marketing study was launched in Kampala.
It was decided to conduct the program in 2 phases:
- Phase 1: Spirulina will be imported initially validating the market.
- Phase 2: Spirulina will be produced locally in a second stage, if there is a market.
The budget for the first year is € 24,000 of which € 10,000 already acquired. It remains to find € 14,000
Michel our project manager for Uganda is coming back from a field mission. The country is emerging from an election period that blocked our project for about two months. The results of a survey on the ground suggest the existence of a potential market for Spirulina. The first commercial distribution of 5 kg of imported spirulina in 2 weeks are particularly encouraging. Currently under clearance 50 kg of spirulina and good news Anne-Gaelle has orders awaiting delivery. We know that Uganda are not used to being asked to change their diet, so we will have to make a marketing and communication effort to create a stable demand.
In addition to commercial distribution, distribution of humanitarian tests are underway since February. They are held under the Child Restoration Outreach (C.R.O). The study focused on children aged 8 to 12 years. A teaspoon of spirulina daily added in the basis for children who come to dine C.R.O.
The first results at March 10, 2016 after 4 weeks of distribution show:
- a visible improvement in the skin of children (missing buttons, small wounds, clearer skin)
- more responsive immune system: reducing respiratory infections and intestinal
• observation of greater vitality in some of these children which should enable better learning and more concentration