By Nudge Sustainability Reporter Adriana Olaya
Malnutrition among children affects their physical, cognitive and learning development. In 2010 Colombia had a malnutrition rate of 13.2% according to the National Survey of The Nutritional Situation in Colombia 2010, which means that approximately 570,000 children under 5 suffer from malnutrition.
That’s why Maria Paula Laverde and Susana Arevalo, founders of Super Galletas (Super Cookies) dream to fight against malnutrition with funny, delicious, sustainable and most of all nutritious cookies.
Super Galletas is a nutritional treatment that may be supplementary or complementary depending on the needs of the population and the state of malnutrition.
These cookies seek to reduce child malnutrition rates through a high amount of nutritions. Besides that, the founders of Super Galletas provide new jobs in the production process for single parents.
The main ingredient of the cookies is Moringa, a plant which is already used to fight malnutrition in Africa and Haiti. It is a super food that provides high nutritional intake of iron, calcium, potassium, protein, vitamin A and amino acids.
The other ingredients used in the recipe are natural products that replace refined ingredients. Ingredients like oat flour, seven grains and fresh fruit are locally produced and are completely natural ingredients to ensure sustainability.
Super Galletas aims, through co-creation and involving communities, to produce the cookies locally in order to reduce transportation costs, to generate greater accessibility and a circular economy, as well as to benefit the communities.
Super Galletas seeks to support the fight against child malnutrition and to improve the condition of 9,213 children in Colombia in their first year of production.