Ghana: Nut processing for accused "witches"

by African Women's Development Fund


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.

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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.


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.

Long-Term Impact

Raise funds to buy a processing machine.

Additional Documentation

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


Report on the liberation of Gambaga women
Life in the Gambaga

Organization Information

African Women's Development Fund

Location: Accra - Ghana
African Women's Development Fund

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Thanks to 7 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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