Maputo Gain Team

Maputo Gain Team

In July 2014 Ian Matheson and Rosa Zapata visited Mozambique as the guests of GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, www.facebook.com/marketplacemoz), an NGO striving to improve the availability of highly nutritive products to improve the health of Mozambicans.

Worldwide, GAIN strives to combat malnutrition in the world’s poorer countries. They have an ambition to serve 1.5 billion people and are already about half-way towards their quest. Workshops were held in Maputo and Chimoio to present models for introducing World Class Mini-Businesses in small entrepreneurial companies. Three days were then spent in each centre visiting a selection of small growing businesses in the sector. The visits to each centre closed with a one day seminar (in Maputo and Chimoio) to introduce the principles of Lean business. Each was greatly oversubscribed, necessitating screening to reduce the numbers to manageable levels.

Ian presented while Rosa assisted with the translation for those who could not follow the English presentation. Slides were in Portuguese, thanks to assistance from our staff from Portugal and Brazil. CDI is looking to enrol local consultants to provide ongoing assistance to Mozambican clients. It was so exciting to see the enthusiasm of the small businesses, all striving to move their country to a prosperous and healthy future.