Ghana: Nut processing for accused "witches"



In parts of Ghana, women accused of being witches are permanently banned from village life. Until this practice can be addressed, processing shea produces just enough income for survival.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

When an unexplained illness or death occurs in the rural villages of the Volta region, the finger is sometimes pointed at a local woman. Accused as witches, the unlucky ones are murdered, while others are stripped of all possessions and banished to the isolated Timari-Tama Gambaga (witches' camp) where they survive on the barest minimum. Shea nuts are a natural resource in the area and the women have learned to process them manually, which generates a small income.

How will this project solve this problem?

A processing machine would provide the technology to increase their productivity and a packaging machine would enable them to eliminate middlemen and pack the butter themselves.

Potential Long Term Impact

Raise funds to buy a processing machine.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $736

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $736 as of Jun 9, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $11,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Thanks to 8 donors like you, a total of $736 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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