The case of Rabi...
Rabi Fatawu, aged 24 is a married woman in the village of Gapagnarigu in the Kumbugu...Read more
"With over 1600 beneficiaries in one year, the project has increased the production of quality butter by 35%, incomes have increased by about 45%" Eric Banye, Project Manager.
Since April 2014, SNV in partnership with Savannah Fruits Company and with funding from Sundial Brands has been implementing the Sundial Brands Community Commerce Project in northern Ghana. As a result of the successful implementation of the phase I during the 2014/2015 shea season, the project was extended to phase II for the 2015/2016 shea season to include more cooperatives in the Upper West Region and to deepen the impact on the existing cooperatives under phase I. Currently, the project is in the third year of implementation for the 2016/2017 shea season and the impact has been tremendously overwhelming.
The name Sundial has become a household name and many more women are eager to join a current beneficiary cooperatives and many cooperatives are also asking to be included in the Sundial beneficiaries.
The number of direct beneficiaries amounts to over 1,800 women. Cumulatively, about 3,768 tons made up of 3,240 tons of conventional and 528 tons of organic butter have been produced and sold to Sundial as the main buyer and other itinerant buyers. A gross revenue of $6,782,400 for both conventional and organic butter was received by the women from the sales of the butter.
There has been great improvement in cash revenue over the period. At the individual women level, cash revenue has increased from $148 per women to $590 per women currently representing over 300% increase. One unique feature of the Sundial sustainable trade relationship with the women is the payment of $0.20 for every kilo of butter supplied by the women as premium. The women have used these premiums to upgrade their livelihood and developed their processing centres. Sundial is about the only company paying such premiums.
So far, the major impact of the project can be summaries as follows;
There are multiple visible benefits of the project not only to the cooperatives but also the communities and the women’s households. Cash income is increasing, the cooperatives are becoming more active. Dormant members are now playing an active role in the cooperative activities. The provision of the equipment has reduced the drudgery in the butter production process. It has also reduced production cost and time and ultimately maximised profits and freed women’s time for other domestic responsibilities.
Under this partnership, SNV is continuing to deepen the cooperatives’ management capacity, introduce innovative time-saving processing techniques, increase health and safety measures, ensure shea resource sustainability and improve community access to potable water as well as other alternative income livelihood activities.
The Sundial Community Commence Project has gained so much recognition among women involve in shea activities and has significantly contributed to sustainable poverty reduction and women empowerment in Northern Ghana.
“I sent all my children to school, registered my family with National Health Insurance and bought my husband a smock for the Damba festival.“ Samata Abdulai; member of Pagsung Shea Cooperative