SOYMILK PROGRAM

 

Soymilk is highly effective in combating child malnutrition because it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and protein.

 
 

North Korea’s soybean crops do not yield enough soybeans to meet the country’s needs. First Steps ships Canadian non-GMO soybeans to North Korea to supplement the local supply. Soymilk factories daily turn these soybeans into soymilk using specially designed soymilk-producing VitaCow and VitaGoat machines. First Steps sends these machines to increase our local partners’ soymilk-producing capacity. Each morning, fresh soymilk is delivered to children at daycares, kindergartens and orphanages in the cities of Hyongjesan, Hyesan, Nampo, Pochon,  Samjiyon, Tongchon and Wonsan. Through First Steps’ Soymilk program, more than 100,000 children are receiving a daily cup of nutrient-rich soymilk.

Soybeans are turned into nutrient-rich soymilk using a VitaGoat or VitaCow machine. These machines have become integral components of First Steps’ soymilk program since they were introduced in 2004 (VitaCow) and 2005 (VitaGoat). First Steps now has 39 VitaGoats and 56 VitaCows in operation.

 
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VITAGOAT

The VitaGoat is fuelled by wood, coal or corncobs rather than electricity. Therefore it can be placed at sites where electricity is unreliable or non-existent – which includes much of the country except Pyongyang, the capital. A VitaGoat can produce 15 litres of soymilk every 30 minutes.

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VITACOW

The VitaCow is powered by electricity yielding an amount of soymilk equal to the daily output of more than 20 milking cows. A VitaCow produces 40-45 litres of soymilk per hour.


 
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After soymilk is produced, it is placed in a stainless-steel milk cans to avoid the growth of bacteria and product spillage. Then the soymilk is transported (often on three-wheeled motorcycles or bicycles) to children at daycares, kindergartens and orphanages.

 
 
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1 STAINLESS STEEL MILK CAN COSTS $100 AND HOLDS 20 LITRES OF FRESH NUTRIENT-RICH SOYMILK.


SOYBEANS

 

Soybeans have been an essential part of Korean cuisine and agriculture for more than 1,000 years, providing a major source of protein. 

Soybeans are considered a "complete" nutritional source, containing all the essential amino acids the body needs. They contain good carbohydrates and fat, and are also rich in vitamins and minerals, including calcium, folic acid and iron. They taste great, too!