US Ambassador to Ghana Ms. Stephanie S. Sullivan inaugurated a shea butter processing facility for the Tiyumtaba Women’s Shea Cooperative at Sorogu Municipality in the Northern Region.

The processing facility is also complemented with warehouse and together the facility is expected to increase incomes for 600 women who collect and process shea.

The infrastructure is part of a US government effort to partner with communities, businesses, and nonprofits in West Africa to expand economic opportunities for women. It was developed by USAID in partnership with the Burt’s Bees brand, owned by American manufacturer The Clorox Company, and the Ghanaian firm Savannah Fruits Company. Ambassador Sullivan described the commissioning of the processing facility and warehouse as demonstrative of what is possible when partners work together.

Ms. Sullivan said shea was a primary source of livelihood for women in northern Ghana. She observed that the project affirms the US government’s commitment to promote women’s economic empowerment through partnership that connect Ghanaian women producers with US buyers.

Ms. Sullivan urged beneficiary communities to continue the partnership to protect the shea trees and parklands to sustain the shea industry.

Leader of Tiyumtaba Sorogu Women’s Group Ms. Mary Naab Alhassan commended the US Government for its commitment to empower women economically. Managing Director of Global Shea AllianceMr. Aaron Adu said the alliance had designated July as the shea month and would mobilise about a million stakeholders in eight countries to plant about 10 million trees on July 16 2020.

USAID is working with the Global Shea Alliance, communities, non-profit organisations and responsible companies, who together since 2016, have provided 250 warehouses, generating increased incomes for more than 137,000 women across West Africa.

Credits: | Eric Kombat