LISTO develops and produces innovative foods to get Guatemalan children all the essential vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy.

Since 2009, we have been combining the latest in nutritional science with a growing understanding of Guatemalan cultures and communities to create tasty, highly nutritious supplements that are tailor-made to the needs of local children.

For more about us and our history, click here.

 
 
 
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Maní+

Maní+, our initial product, was the first Ready-to-Use Supplemental Food (RUSF) to be developed, sourced, and produced in Latin America. Based on peanuts, a crop native to the region, Maní+ has been proven to effectively treat and prevent chronic malnutrition in children from six months to three years old. We distributed Maní+ to NGOs and trained their staff to couple Maní+ with our multilingual nutritional education programs to provide a holistic, well-rounded approach to better nutrition.

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Combatting chronic malnutrition

 
 
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Malnutrition in guatemala

Chronic malnutrition affects half of all Guatemalan children under five years old; the rate is especially high in rural and Mayan communities. Studies show that chronic malnutrition stunts growth, debilitates the immune system, and causes lower academic achievement and lifetime earnings. The first years of life are the most crucial for cognitive and immune system development, and this development is predicated on adequate nutrition. The situation in Guatemala is unconscionable and unsustainable, and in it we found our call to action.

In response to this crisis, we develop and produce supplementary nutritional foods that are ready to eat (listo para comer) and fortified with the essential nutrients children are lacking so that they can grow up to be “listo” to take on the world.

 
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Nutritional knowledge in mayan language

All mothers want the best for their children. As such, all that prevents most mothers from providing their children with the best possible diet is a lack of information. That’s why we developed an interactive and empowering education program for pregnant and lactating mothers in local languages. By providing our partner NGOs with these materials and facilitating their implementation, we are working to overcome this informational deficit.

Our educational programs have the power to transform the nutrition and health of countless families, and eventually entire communities.

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Our 2nd innovation

Chiquimaní (span. baby peanut) combines everything that we learned from Maní+ in a new RUSF. Together with the Institute for Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), we have updated the micronutrient formula to maximize impact, and with caretakers and NGOs alike we have optimized the product to improve taste and consumer experience.

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“I have seen the benefits myself in my baby. My child is stronger now and it makes me very happy.”

Mother in Cojilá talking about the effects of Maní+ on her baby - She received Maní+ from one of our partners, Feed the Hungry

Scientific Partners

INSTITUTE of nutrition FOR CENTRAL AMERICA AND PANAMA (INCAP), Guatemala City, Guatemala

INCAP shares it's groundbreaking research with us, and we put it into practice. By supporting us with office space and access to their facilities, INCAP helps us ensure that way we are constantly collaborating with some of the best nutritionists in the world. Among INCAP’s success is the creation of INCAPARINA, an atol-drink that has transformed Guatemalan diets and became a household staple across all social-economic classes. LISTO is striving to develop baby foods that are even more nutritious and accessible than those before it.

Vanderbilt University, TN, U.S.

Vanderbilt University has supported us from day one. Advisors from their anthropology and business department have helped us build an inclusive and sustainable social business that embraces local cultures. In our early stages, Vanderbilt furnished LISTO with several grants that helped the project get off the ground.