Uganda: Full Belly Project placed 10 shellers in central Uganda in 2005. Building on this initial success, in 2006 Full Belly Project and local Ugandan Rotary Clubs placed 180 shellers in 15 districts. A group of 20 local Rotarians received training on how to make a sheller.
The Philippines: Illac Diaz, a Filipino MIT grad student introduced the Universal Nut Sheller to the Philippines with great success. Full Belly Project is partnering with Illac Diazs organization MyShelter and Holcim, one of the worlds largest cement manufacturers to teach local craftsmen how to build the shellers. Myshelter and Holcim have distributed the Universal Nut Shellers to 30 villages near Holcims cement plant. Holcim is reducing their carbon emissions by purchasing peanut shells and burning them as an alternative fuel source in the cement making process.
Guatemala: Tom Triglone heads up a womens cooperative in La Valle de Esmeralda. This group of women are refugees from the civil war. The group uses a Universal Nut Sheller to decrease the laborious task of shelling by hand. The cooperative increases the value of the peanuts by processing them into peanut butter. The Full Belly Project plans to visit Guatemala in 2007 to assess expanding our operations in Guatemala.