PRODUCTION AND TRANSFORMATION OF SHEA PROJECT
Burkina Faso: in activity
Established in 2002, the Gnogondèmè Yona precooperative group truly took off in 2010 with the support of the Foundation SEMAFO. The Foundation funded the construction of a processing and marketing center of shea products for the women’s group of Gnogondèmè. This construction was welcomed by the population, women, local authorities and senior officers of Balé and Mouhoun. The center is fully equipped to produce soap and shea butter, and the equipment is powered by solar panels. Training was offered to women in the soap factory in regard to activities related to the production and export of soap and shea butter requirements. The project was inaugurated on September 25, 2010 in Yona.
‘’I just realized that women can do business. No group of women in this village, and even in the area, could dare do something without men being aware of it 5 years ago. Now I think we are free of our movements within the groups and associations all thanks to the Foundation SEMAFO’’
– Safièta Deme, member of the Gnogondèmè Group.
To obtain organic certification, a quality assurance system has been put in place to ensure product integrity, hygiene and food safety. All producers and processors involved were trained to European Union (EU) organic certification standards and National Organic Program (NOP) standards. By focusing on the production of an organic shea butter product that is certified and exportable to international markets, and processed for local and international markets, SEMAFO Foundation helps female shea butter producers generate significant income for their families. The ensuing recognition and valorization of the shea tree plays a hugely important role in protecting the environment.
In addition, various measures were taken to improve the production capacity, management, marketing and quality improvement of the group’s products, as well as women’s empowerment activities to prepare them for gradual autonomy.
- Implementation of a biogas system
- Income generated from this project: $64,000 (2015-2016)
- Sale of 7 tonnes of shea butter (2015-2016)
- Sale of 1.4 tonnes of shea nut cakes (shea butter extraction residue) (2015-2016)
- 1,202 female collectors from 13 villages in the Bana, Bondoukuy, Kona, Pompoï, Safané and Yaho communes (2014-2015)
- Income generated from this project: $146,630 (2011 to 2015)
- 1,200 female collectors from 15 villages in the Bana, Bondoukuy, Kona, Pompoï, Safané and Yaho communes (2014-2015)
- Recipient of an award for excellence in our work in supporting women’s entrepreneurship in Africa at the 7th Edition of Forum Africa (2015)
- Sale of 39,4 tonnes of organic shea nuts (2015)
- Sale of 19,681 articles locally and internationally (2014-2015)
- Sale of 28 tonnes organic shea nuts (2014)
- 84 workers in the center (2013-2014)
- First prize for agro-sylvio-pastoral products in the Provinces of Bale and Mouhoun (2012-2013)
- $231 average annual income per worker (2012-2013)
- Sale of organic shea kernels to OLVEA, a French shea butter production company based in Bobo-Dioulasso.
- Sale of shea nut cakes (shea butter extraction residue)
- Exports to Canada, USA, and S. Korea
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