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 [...]
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.
Recent blog posts from Africa
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 Amulia, 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 [...]
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 [...]
Monday morning. I have returned to the civilized world of the Ugandan Industrial Research Institute, were our Yoba yoghurt is produced also. At the design department I’m printing some posters and files which I will take with me when I return to the countryside. An employee, seated there at his desk, is taking yoghurt. Two [...]
When you come to a new county, as a new project leader for Yoba for Life, everything is new and exciting. It takes you some time to settle in and learn the basics of the Ugandan people, language and culture. Subsequently, since job as full-time travelling country side project leader is newly invited, it takes [...]
‘Today the car will come out of the garage’. ‘They said they need to fix one more thing but tomorrow it is really finished’. ‘Today it should be done, maybe we can pick it in the afternoon and go tommorow’. ‘They needed to order a new battery, but today they should finish, I promise you.’ [...]