Updated Jun 16, 2021

The Sanku Dosifier: Unleashing the potential of technology to end micronutrient malnutrition globally

www.sanku.com

Leah Tronel

Sanku's award-winning dosifier adds precise amounts of essential nutrients into flour during the milling process, with the potential to end micronutrient malnutrition globally through inclusive fortification. We are ending nutrition inequity.

We fortify maize flour with Zinc, Folic Acid, Iron, and B12, the micronutrients proven to be most critical for women and children within the 1,000 days window over the course of decades across countries. The long term impacts of our fortification include reducing maternal and infant mortality, preventing stunting, improving educational outcomes, and boosting productivity. Our one-size-fits-all ...
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We fortify maize flour with Zinc, Folic Acid, Iron, and B12, the micronutrients proven to be most critical for women and children within the 1,000 days window over the course of decades across countries. The long term impacts of our fortification include reducing maternal and infant mortality, preventing stunting, improving educational outcomes, and boosting productivity. Our one-size-fits-all technology, the “dosifier”, works with all the types of small mills found throughout East Africa, automatically dosing precise levels of micronutrients into maize flour as it is being milled. Our earned revenue stream and market-based model guarantees the sustainability of our impact, which is not dependent on behavior change. Sanku leverages economies of scale to neutralize the cost of fortification for millers, allowing them to sell their product at the same price as unfortified flour. Sanku purchases empty flour bags at wholesale price and sells them to millers for market price. Sanku’s profit margin covers the costs of the nutrient premix and a portion of our operating expenses. For the same price they already pay for the empty bags, millers get bags bundled with nutrient premix. Preserving the price consumers are used to paying ensures that the people who need the nutrients most are getting them.
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Stage 5: Scaling

Sanku, a fast-growing non-profit social enterprise reaching 2M people daily in 4 countries, is positioned to address micronutrient deficiencies for 25M people by 2025, saving lives and helping thousands of children achieve their full potential.
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Focus Areas:

Processing & Production, Nutrition, Maternal Newborn and Child Health and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Processing & Production, Nutrition, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Agriculture, Cultivation & Tools, Food Safety and Standards, Public-Private Partnerships and ResilienceSEE LESS

2,000,000
Customers
35
Employees
$2,100,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Worldwide, 16,000 children die every day and 2 billion suffer from micronutrient malnutrition because their diets lack basic vitamins and minerals. Although life-saving micronutrients are routinely added to processed foods in the developed world, large-scale fortification has failed the 6.5 billion people in developing countries. In Tanzania, where we are headquartered, up to 95% of the population consumes maize flour from small mills in villages, which means their flour is unfortified.

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Solution

We created a game-changing technology and a market-based solution to close the fortification gap and end micronutrient deficiencies once and for all. Our dosifier works with any size/type of mill, requires no training to use, and transmits critical production and servicing data to our server in realtime. Our business model works with existing market forces, as there is inelastic demand for maize flour, and we have neutralized the cost of fortification for millers and their customers.

Target Beneficiaries

(1) Rural and remote populations: We are reaching approximately 1,329,035 people who live in rural or remote areas. (2) Women of reproductive age: In addition to ensuring growth, health, and productivity, fortified flour can prevent micronutrient deficiencies that cause serious health complications, particularly for pregnant women. Sanku reaches approximately 479,000 WRA daily. (3) Children under 5: Young children are especially vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies. We reach 353,946 CU5.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to end micronutrient malnutrition, which will put a stop to 6M preventable deaths annually and add trillions of dollars back into the global economy. Fortification currently only provides benefits to families who are in the developed world or live in urban areas. This is a major health inequity that Sanku can solve on a global scale with our dosifier and business model.

Competitive Advantage

Large scale fortification reaches a fraction of the population in developing countries (in Tanzania, only 5%). We can reach the rest of the population with basic, life-saving nutrients. We currently have 476 dosifiers installed across 414 mills in 84 districts across Tanzania, giving us the operational capacity to saturate the country. We have operations in 4 countries across East Africa. Unlike traditional fortification, we know our technology is getting the right level of micronutrients into flour through our innovative quality control methods. Our machines transmit data remotely through the cellular network in real time, and alert our team to any malfunctions, including the incorrect ratio of micronutrient to flour. We also have a flour testing facility at our field hub in Tanzania. Our remote monitoring and quality control testing gives us confidence that mills are complying and that customers are consistently consuming, healthy, nutritious flour.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Through our work in Tanzania, Sanku has shown that small-scale fortification is possible. The time is right to try to replicate and test our model at scale in another country. We are in the process of building our expansion strategy for Tanzania and East Africa.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted3,000,000
New Implemented CountriesEthiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya
Recruit1 management, 2 board
New FeatureWorking with solar mills to create environmental impact

The Team Behind the Innovation

Our CEO and Co-Founder is Felix Brooks-church, who invented fortification technology to work in rural settings and is a Mulago Rainer Arnhold Fellow. Our CFO is Mary Chowning who brings over 30 years of multinational broad-based finance, operations and business expertise. Our COO is Josh Clark, an operations expert. Anne Wanlund is Head of Impact and Strategy, with a decade of international leadership on child nutrition.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Oct 2020
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
ORGANIZATIONThe Elevate Foundation
Jan 2013
Created

Supporting Materials

2018-09-04-Sanku-Dosifier-Overview-orientation-null.pdf
2020-01-28-Sanku-cutsheet-1-orientation-null.pdf