Dear Global Giving Support Squad—
In our last report we shared that, because of your support, we were able to distribute the first 50 sets of safety gear to protect the women sheanut harvesters from snakebites. Not only does this protect them but it actually helps them harvest even more sheanuts. This is great because a whopping 60 percent of the available shea is left uncollected on the forest floor because of the women’s fear of snakes.
We also purchased an acre of road front property bordering the village of Gushie. We will build the women's first cooperative silo here. When harvesters can store their shea collectively they earn more because, as Abiba Abdulai—a mother of six and one of the first women to sign up for our program—puts it in this short clip: “As of now, we have no place to store our shea and due to having it close to us [in their homes] we are tempted to sell it at a low price. But if we have a silo, we can get a better price.” If Abiba can earn more money from her shea she will be able to send her girls Issahaka and Mariam to school.
We know it’s ambitious, but we are rallying our networks—and asking you to rally folks as well. We need to raise $12,000 to build the cooperative silo before the sheanut harvest season gets underway in early March. The women in the program and their families have volunteered to move blocks, mix cement, really do whatever they can to get the silo built. And we at Just Shea are committed to coming through for them with the resources to purchase the construction materials. We will paint the names of supporters who have given $250 or more on one wall of the building, so the women will be able to see how many people banded together to support them. We’d be honored to include you.
If $250 seems like a lot to you—we understand—perhaps you might consider signing up for a smaller, recurring contribution. You’d be amazed at the impact a dependable 10 or 20 dollars a month can be for women like Abiba. That quote from her is actually part of a longer video we’ll be sharing with you soon and, as a key player in making this project a reality, we hope you'll be as proud to share it with others as we are to have your support.
Danielle, Wickham, and The Just Shea Program Team
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