Locally-made baby food is now being produced by a Cameroonian industrialist Pascaline Nenda. The locally-produced commercial baby food is under the trade name Blesolac which is produced from wheat, milk, fruits, soya and sugar.
The infant cereal is produced by boiling and roasting beans of soya which are then made into powder. Entrepreneur Nenda afterwards mixes the powder made from soya with other cereals to create the baby meal.
Pascaline Nenda began her infant cereal business five years ago to neutralize imported brands which are typically expensive and have preservatives.
Nenda declared that breast milk is not sufficient to feed a baby starting 6 months old. Every time she travels to her village with her husband, they noticed that the women are roasting wheat which they feed to their children to help them grow. So, Nenda had the idea to utilize the same wheat to make something different with it and after some trials, Blesolac was launched.
Some 1.2 million children in Cameroon have hindered growth and almost 45 percent of child deaths are associated with under nutrition.
Nenda works with different baby clinics in the cities of Cameroon where she also offers her baby food products to mothers. She is able to sell about 150 kilograms of her infant cereal a week; but if she has the right equipment and capitalization, she would be able to process more baby food.
Nenda faced different challenges when she was starting the business. With not enough equipment and finances, she started selling door to door and packed her product in clear plastic bags.
Pokam Nadege gave Blesolac to her seven-month-old baby and her baby liked it and eats it without any problem.
Blesolac is packed from 1 kilogram boxes to 200 grams sachets. A kilogram pack is priced at US$6. It is certified by the government authorities and is sold and available in stores all over Cameroon.