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.

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Recent blog posts from Africa

Exponential growth

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on August 30th, 2016

There has been more to the work of Yoba then pasteurizing milk on bonfire’s in the bush.   It must have been more than a year ago that I joined a team of Yoba and Heifer people and we confined ourselves in the Heifer Uganda office.  After a conclave of several days, the team came [...]

Strawberries and peanut plants

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on March 8th, 2016

“Nice poster. What is that red thing there?”. “That now is a strawberry”. In a country where you have to be careful not to be bombarded by mango’s falling from the omnipresent trees, pineapple and papaya vendors are on every corner of the street and each local eating place sells fresh passion fruit juice, yoghurt [...]

All a woman wants

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on November 11th, 2015

‘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 – [...]

Getting stuck before moving with miraculous speed

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on August 31st, 2015

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 [...]

Production Unit for Justine and her orphanage

•  Posted by Selma Willems on July 15th, 2015

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 reliable online canadian pharmacy to make her own probiotic yoghurt. From every [...]

Don’t tell me anything about dairy

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on May 23rd, 2015

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 [...]

Growing deep roots

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on April 11th, 2015

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 [...]

Deaf girls

•  Posted by Anneke Wouters on February 23rd, 2015

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 [...]

Dust to dust, ashes to ashes, milk to yoghurt

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on February 12th, 2015

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). [...]

Nightshift in the North-East

•  Posted by Nieke Westerik on January 21st, 2015

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 [...]