A community of entrepreneurial women near Takoradi, Ghana produce palm kernel oil on environmentally friendly smokeless stoves. Their 15-year-old milling machine, which cracks and mills palm kernels, broke, slowing their production & decreasing their revenue from $550 to a $350 loss each month. DQF wants to repair the machine so they can continue to pay back their loans for the smokeless stove & support their families. Extra funds will be used to build a community well and train staff members.
A repaired milling machine will allow the women to produce palm kernel oil at a single site. Currently, they must carry the palm kernels to a different site an hour away to be cracked and milled. This will save time, allowing production to increase.
Palm kernel oil production allows the women to generate income, support their families and pay school fees. A repaired machine will improve the women’s health since they will not have to carry heavy loads for long distances on their heads in the sun.