‘Why are you girls always going to the toilets together?’ already the boys in our Dutch highschool used to ask us. And apparently this is an universal problem: recently I read in the Ugandan national newspaper a column of a man who pondered about the same question (and gave a – to me clarifying – [...]
Yoba make you better – you better make Yoba!
In challenged communities around the world, stimulating economic activity and improving public health are key factors towards a better and more prosperous future.
The Yoba for Life concept aims at helping people in resource-poor countries by local production of a probiotic yogurt, called Yoba, with proven health benefits.
The Yoba for life foundation reports on the background for its mission “Probiotics for every body” in Trends in Biotechnology and explains how communities in resource poor areas can make their own probiotic fermented food via an affordable dried seed culture in Microbial Cell Factories.
Recent blog posts from Africa
Two times per day a mini-bus is passing through the district in Eastern Uganda to carry passengers to their destination, bumping for 3 hours over dust roads, since the whole district does not have any tarmac (nor electricity). Not being aware of this and wanting to start the yoghurt training at midday, I found myself [...]
Meet Justine: a powerful and strong lady who provides a home and food for about 25 orphans and abandoned children. She runs this orphanage all by herself, with a little help from her husband and the community. Some time ago, she learned how to make her own probiotic yoghurt. From every production, some yoghurt is [...]
Although I had heard a lot about the Banyankole tribe and their traditions, and had worked with them many times, with the traditional rural Banyankole as well as with the more ‘westernized’ one’s in urban areas, it was my first time to actually spend the night in a rural Banyankolle hut. And nothing I had [...]
As I enter the head office of the East Africa Dairy Development in Kampala Ben, a middle aged colleague, lifts me from the ground ‘Welcome back!’. Unfortunately we were just standing in the doorpost, so I bump my head. This is just the beginning of a wonderful day full of greetings, exclaims (you look as [...]
Recently a project was set up where 6 deaf girls make and sell yoba in Kampala, in order for them to independently provide for their own income later. They are supervised by Teddy Kisaakye from Kampala and Anneke Wouters from the Netherlands. The girls live in a house next to Teddy and her mother Jane [...]
It has not rained for almost two months now, and Uganda has turned into dust. Dust between my teeth, in my nose, my hair, my bed and dust sticking to my sweaty skin. While Europe and America get covered in snow and ice, Uganda experience the hottest two months of the year (January and February). [...]
It is past 5 pm when I arrive in North-Eastern Uganda, after I had set of from a guesthouse in Kampala at 6 am that morning. At the dairy cooperative, the last farmers of that day arrive with their milk. The local cows give only around 1 or 2 liter milk per day, and are [...]
Yoba4Life and the Agape orphanage have some very good news to share: First of all we wanted to thank you! The Kisskissbankbank fundraising project was a success! We gathered 932 euros and we will start the building of the production unit next week. A special thanks to cms100, felix.molitor.31, chrbro, small_is_beautiful, ziia, charlotte.zwart, Martin Clarke, [...]
As December comes to an end and all Uganda prepares for an exciting 2015, it is a perfect time to look back at some of Yoba’s achievements over the past few months. At the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI), Galp and Z-plus are producing Yoba probiotics yoghurts every week, supplying the married man (see Nieke’s [...]