One Village Planet-Women's Development Initiative

One Village Planet--Women's Development Initiative is a global-thinking, village-acting, environmental, educational, and humanitarian organization focused on sustainable development projects for rural women in Haiti and Ghana. Our approach is centered on a belief that solutions to the problems of access must be self-sustaining if they are going to succeed. Community support and involvement are integral parts of our vision.
Jun 28, 2016

203 New Members = 578 Just Shea Women! Thanks to you.

There's been so much happening on the ground with the Just Shea Women these past months it's hard to know where to start.

The Just Shea Collective sold 31 Tons of sheanuts to a Fair Trade processing group at top market price: $32 a bag!

We surveyed and distributed safety kits to 203 new Members! Now 578 Just Shea Women can harvest more shea, more safely to store in the Just Shea Collective warehouse.

The members formed a Warehouse Executive Committee with representation from each of the, now 9, Just Shea communities.

We are almost finished with the process of helping them to register with the government as an official Cooperative Union so they can open their own Just Shea Cooperative bank account.

Now that the Just Shea Cooperative is exactly the right size to fill the warehouse you helped us build, we are fully focused on building their capacity so we can do, well, what we always set out to do: work ourselves out of a job.

And here's where we need your support.

Over the next year it is our goal that the Just Shea Women will be able to self-manage their activities and affairs. Of course, we won't abandon them completely and will remain in a supporting role as long as they ask for our help. But the ball of self-sufficiency is set in motion and we believe, as we believe you do, that they can do it.

So, if you can give now, please do! And, really, no amount is insignificant. Even $1 a month makes a difference.

With so much gratitude for your continued support,

Team Just Shea

Links:

Apr 1, 2016

Fati turned $20 into $220! Now that's something.

That
That's Fati on the right leaving a training site.

We're springing into Spring and want to share with you the incredible success story of Fati and how she used the Just Shea Loan Program as springboard capital.

Fati lives in Tuunayili, one of the seven villages where members of the Just Shea Collective live. As a single mother with nine dependants she had been supporting the whole family with just $100 a year.

She joined the Just Shea Program and was able to take out a loan of $20 using the sheanuts she had stored in the collective warehouse as collateral. She used it to plant one acre of peanuts (groundnuts) and harvested an amazing $220 worth of them. That's a 1000% increase. Just incredible.

With the money she makes from selling them she can reinvest in more crops, send her four children to school, and can even give loans to people in her community who need them.

Writing this I am awed by what she was able to accomplish. And we want to be able to keep sharing stories like this with you. It's because of your ongoing support that this is possible.

We aim to add another 200 women like Fati this year and if you can help us do that, please do!

Tipagaya ("We appreciate")

From all of us at Just Shea

Just wrapping up a capacity building training
Just wrapping up a capacity building training
A supporter inverviews Just Shea Leadership
A supporter inverviews Just Shea Leadership
Now that
Now that's a smile we all helped make possible

Links:

Dec 30, 2015

Excelsior Onward and Upward

Dear all,

Some great things have happened on the ground here in Ghana, and for that we thank you all.

Nature has been rough on us worldwide and that result in the shea regions of Ghana, means that it was not a banner year for sheanut harvests. Some of the trees didn’t fruit at all, however the women who had a crop or who were more mobile and could travel did very well. Fingers crossed for next year.

We’re still bringing sheanuts into the warehouse, but so far the top collectors are: Rafiatu from Nakpanzoo with 16 bags, which is astounding; Maata from Gushie, our first pilot community, with 12 bags; and Adisah from Savelugu, who is tied in third place with 12 also.

On our business side, we formed a partnership with a dedicated buyer to help supply fully transparent sheanuts for their Fair for Life Shea Moisture products. We love to see trust and cooperation blossom into great business connections. And this is key, because on top of getting top market prices for the women, the program is getting a Fair For Life premium to support the growth of the Just Shea Social Loan Fund and further support the capacity building trainings for the women so they can take on more day-to-day operations. This means more autonomy in their collective.

We continue to work so that women are safer, and have financing and storage. This translates into women who can harvest more, hold crops for longer, and earn more.

We are so very proud that we are all a part of this together.

Our 2016 goals are:

To grow the program in Ghana from 375 to 600 women

To integrate both Christian groups and Fulani cow herdswomen in order to increase our cultural and religious diversity in the program.

Please consider your year-end donations so that we can continue to grow our impact in 2016 and for years to come.

Join us and let’s all cross our fingers for a prosperous New Year.

Warmest regards,
Danielle, Wicki and the Just Shea Team and Women

Links:

 
   

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $14
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $250
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $14
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $250
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of One Village Planet-Women's Development Initiative

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about One Village Planet-Women's Development Initiative on GreatNonProfits.org.
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.