Women accused of being witches are permanently banned from village life. Until this practice can be addressed, processing shea butter and "dawa-dawa" spice 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. The 285 women at the camp have expressed an interest in commercially processing dawa dawa spice and raising livestock for income.
How will this project solve this problem?
Machinery for processing dawa dawa spice, funds for livestock rearing, and revolving funds for income-generating activities will allow these women to gain economic independence.
Potential Long Term Impact
Economically empowering accused "witches" will allow them to be self-sufficient and help raise awareness to stop this practice.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,077
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 $2,077 . The original project funding goal was $8,000.