Ghana: Accused "Witches" Upgrade Vocational Tools

by African Women's Development Fund

Summary

Women accused of being witches are permanently banned from village life. Until this practice can be addressed, processing shea butter and "dawa-dawa" spice produces just enough income for survival.
$2,077
total raised
17
donors
0
monthly donors
9
years active

Challenge

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. The 285 women at the camp have expressed an interest in commercially processing dawa dawa spice and raising livestock for income.

Solution

Machinery for processing dawa dawa spice, funds for livestock rearing, and revolving funds for income-generating activities will allow these women to gain economic independence.

Long-Term Impact

Economically empowering accused "witches" will allow them to be self-sufficient and help raise awareness to stop this practice.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

Report on the Liberation of Gambaga women

Organization Information

African Women's Development Fund

Location: Accra - Ghana
Website: http:/​/​www.awdf.org
African Women's Development Fund
Project Leader:
Fortune Abodakpi
Coordinator
Tema, Ghana

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Thanks to 17 donors like you, a total of $2,077 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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