Chispuditos - The Mathile Institute

Social enterprise
(+502) 3016-2524

Chipuditos is the only food supplement in Central America that contains 21 micronutrients in its formula. In addition to nurturing children, it also helps them grow in a holistic way, giving them more opportunities for a better future.

Women, Men, Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples, Disabled
Education, Children at risk, Family, Human Rights, Health, Leadership/Capacitation

Organizational contacts & locations

Contacts
Lisa Villanueva
Legal Representative and Nutritionist
(+502) 5505-5303
Oscar Dussan
Executive Director
(+1) 734 660-0250
Marinés Rodríguez
Project Strategy
(+502) 3016-2524

Mission, vision & values

Mission

Eliminate malnutrition in children 6 months to 6 years of age in Central America by 2030.

Vision

Distribute the Micronutrients M + formula to children in Central America through Chispuditos to eliminate malnutrition in children 6 months to 6 years of age by 2030.

Values
We value cooperation, sustainability, impact, and integrity.

Products, services, and programs

Products

Chispuditos is a food made from corn and soy that has 21 micronutrients, prepared to improve the health and nutrition status of children from 6 months to 6 years old. Its presentation is a 1 pound bag, it has 24 tablespoons, the recommended and proven portion is one tablespoon per day for each child.

Services

We offer training and support to entities that implement the use of Chispuditos to serve children from 6 months to 6 years of age in the fight against malnutrition.

Programs

We support organizations in the implementation of a Food and Monitoring Program with Chispuditos, a nutritional product that improves the health and nutrition status of children from 6 months to 6 years old. In the implementation process we accompany the entities in the steps they require to document the consent of the parents for the children to enter the programs, we train for the correct administration and distribution of the product, we train them to take monthly measurements and that the entities can see progress in children's health and help them with its long-term results and impact.

Organizational detail

Founded: 
2009
Number of employees: 
0-10
Funding: 
Sale of products and/or services, Private grants
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

Central America is a vulnerable region where chronic malnutrition is common among children under the age of five. Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua have stunting rates of 46.7%, 22.6%, 24.6%, and 17.3%, respectively. Malnutrition and nutritional anemia during the first years of life have a negative lifetime impact on a person's life. High rates of micronutrient deficiencies within a region can have negative effects on social and economic development and perpetuate a cycle of poverty and economic stagnation (Hoddinott et al., 2008)

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

Previous research results indicate that children who participate in programs show:

  • Significant improvement in the growth rate.
  • Significant decrease in the prevalence of anemia in a population, in 6 months.
  • Improvement of the state of iron, folic acid and vitamin B12 in the blood.
  • Reduction of diarrhea by up to 61%.
  • Reduction of respiratory infections by up to 71%.
Impact measuring

Companies and NGOs may choose to participate in the following baseline and follow-up measures, which will be collected per child to analyze the impact of the program. These measures include:

  • Anthropometry
  • Height for age measures the proper growth and development of a child. In Guatemala, poor growth or stunting, also known as chronic malnutrition, is very common (46.5% of children from 0 to 59 months are stunted, there are communities within Guatemala where 80% is stunted). This is the main focus of our programs. An increase in height for age is expected after the first year. Most children who receive the product for at least 3 years are expected to no longer be stunted.
  • Weight for height: Underweight children are expected to recover within the first 4 months. In Guatemala, less than 2% of children are underweight for height. This indicates that children are not lacking in food, but lacking in nutritious food.
  • Hemoglobin: A significant decrease in the prevalence of anemia is expected after the first 6 months. Anemia is identified according to WHO standards.
  • Health: A significant decrease in acute respiratory infections and acute diarrhea is expected after the first year.
  • Cognition: In the long term, children who consume the product for at least 3 years during their first years of life are expected to perform better academically by reaching elementary school.
  • Qualitative data: including mothers' perceptions of the benefits on the child's level of alertness and the frequency of common childhood illnesses, etc. In our experience, mothers who share their perceptions of the positive impact that better nutrition has on their lives will motivate other mothers to do the same.

Additionally, we will begin tracking our overall Chipsuditos sales to determine our impact in each region.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and/or structure, Funding model, How you collaborate or work with others
Organizational adaptation details

After 10 years of research, the product was developed and its impact proven. In the last two years, our organization has evolved and has been re-structured to be a sustainable organization, which distributes Chispuditos to private companies and non-profit organizations who want the benefits of Chispuditos for their users, as well as to individuals through distribution in direct sales channels, as well as traditional and modern channels.

Short term objectives

Growth

Collaborate with private companies and non-profit organizations to provide the members of their food programs with a fortified food of high nutritional value.

Quality

Continue to provide the Central American population with a fortified food with high nutritional quality.

Impact

Continue to improve the levels of anemia and growth and reduce respiratory diseases and diarrhea in children from 6 months to 6 years, through the proper use of Chispuditos.

Long term objectives

Growth

Establish ourselves as the authority on nutrition and collaborate with actors at all levels of society to effect sustainable and lasting change.

Quality

Continue to provide the Central American population with fortified foods with high nutritional quality.

Impact

To ensure that in Central America there is no longer chronic malnutrition in childhood through the proper use of Chispuditos in children from 6 months to 6 years old.