Soy Project Soy is a plant-based protein source that contains all of the amino acids essential for adequate nutrition. WGC initially assisted with surveys and assessments of nutrition needs. Capacity building efforts by Dr. Neeta Singh (University of the Incarnate Word Nutrition Dept.), Dr. Jerry Shen, and other volunteers to teach uses of soy, encourage family soy use, adapt recipes, and manufacture and market soy milk have led to all of the following outcomes during the past five years:
- Increased cultivation and harvesting of soy both at the 40 acre BUWEA farm and by individual women (4,300 kg in 2013 and 6,000 kg in 2014).
- Construction of a soy manufacturing plant to process soy
- Milk to sell (60-100 liters/week in 2013 and 80-120 liters in 2014)
- Increased marketing of other soy products such as soy flour (18,000 packets in 2013 and 20,000 in 2014)
- A milling machine in the village of Kabale funded by the U.S. Embassy with grant application assistance from the Incarnate Word Missionary. This machine enables women to bring their harvested soybeans to a nearby location as well as maize, cassava, banana, and other crops to be processed into flour.
- Grant writing to outside organizations and receipt of grants to fund soy and other projects
- A nutrition program to make soy milk and snacks available to schools such as Kabale Primary to overcome protein deficiencies.