[[Image:Creative_Innovations.jpg|thumb|left|Fig 1: Creative Innovations]]The Full Belly Project is a non-profit organization which aims to provide simple ways to make lives better for rural populations in developing countries. FBP is known for its Universal Nut Sheller which was introduced by Jock Brandis. Jock Brandis went to a village in Mali, Africa and saw how the women there spent hours shelling peanuts with their hands. He created the universal peanut sheller that can shell one hundred and twenty five pounds of peanuts per hour compared to the three pounds per hour by hand (The Full Belly Project 2006). Since then the universal nut sheller has been used in many other developing countries like Haiti, Philippines, Uganda, and Zambia (Full Belly Project 2006).
The group Creative Innovations was formed as a part of an assignment in Humboldt State University's engineering class Introduction to Design. The group was assigned the task of improving the Universal Nut Sheller for the West African market. Team members are Andrew Johns, Brenda Johnson-Howell, Diana Magus and Parsa Motavalli.
== Abstract ==
== Objective ==
The objective of this project is to reduce the cost of the current Universal Peanut Sheller. The new peanut sheller will be used in West Africa where there is a limited access to materials.
== Criteria ==
The top three inches of the original UNS functioned primarily as a hopper. Ideally this can be replaced with any low cost material or container available at construction time. An inexpensive basket, Figure 2, was purchased from a thrift store for our prototype. The basket was then cut to fit over the top of the sheller as shown in Figure 3.
== Costs ==