This project will complete the development of a Shea butter processing for 200 rural women in Ntereso Community in the Bole district of the Savannah region of Ghana. The women would be able to increase their incomes by 60% through increased production of quality Shea butter for the market. They will gain skills through training in processing the butter produced into value-added products such as soap, pomade and hair-food for the beauty market.
9000 rural women in the Bole district are Shea nut pickers. Yet they lack access to modern processing machines and facility to process the nuts into Shea butter to increase their incomes and maintain sustainable jobs. A project to construct 2 Shea butter processing facility for women in Chache and Ntereso communities in the district started late 2018. Chache processing centre has been completed but that of Ntereso community is not completed due to inadequacy of funds raised for the project.
To complete works at the Shea Butter Processing Centre. The building structures will be roofed with iron sheets, plastered with cement and concrete floor. Processing machines will be bought and installed. Women will be trained on skills to operate the machines and techniques to process the Shea butter using improved skills.
200 women in the Ntereso community will be able to process Shea nuts into butter, increase butter output and increase their incomes by 60%. The women will have improved skills in processing quality Shea butter for both domestic and international markets. More women will be able to maintain sustainable job in the locality, reduce migration among them during the off farm seasons. With the increased incomes women will be able fund the children to go to school, pay for their basic needs .