On a hot Monday afternoon, Sunita walks door to door visiting houses in an urban slum in Chandigarh, India. She weighs children, asks their mothers how well they are eating, counsels them on nutritious foods, and checks on expecting mothers.
When one of the women asks Sunita how her daughter Ananya is doing Sunita’s, face breaks into a big smile, “She’s busy doing nothing. Enjoying her summer vacation,” she says.
Soon after, a group of women gathers in the shade of a banyan tree for the weekly community meeting. Sunita and her colleagues take turns speaking to the women about health issues. She is one of the fourteen health promoters working for Developing Indigenous Resources (DIR), Vitamin Angels’ field partner in this community. Sunita and the other health promoters are famously known as the “mini doctors” of DIR. When it is Sunita’s turn, she enthusiastically talks about the advantages of Vitamin Angels’ prenatal multivitamins for pregnant women.