== Background ==
[[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 <ref name="FBP">www.fullbellyproject.org</ref> . Since then the universal nut sheller has been used in many other developing countries like Haiti, Philippines, Uganda, and Zambia <ref name="FBP"/> .
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.
== 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.
== Problem Statement ==
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.
== Abstract ==
The Full Belly Project is a non profit organization working to provide simple technologies to improve life in impoverished areas in West Africa and Haiti. Creative Innovations formed as part of Humboldt State University's Engineering 215 class, Introduction to Design. The groups assignment was to improve the Full Belly Project's Universal Nut Sheller(UNS) with the improvements geared toward rural farmers in West Africa. The Full Bell is the result of this assignment. It improves the original UNS by reducing the cost and increasing durability of the sheller. Further work could be focused on further altering the concrete mixture to reduce weight or to further reduce cost.
== Costs ==