In Spring of 2016, we collaborated with a group of women in Gulli, Ghana, a small village in the Upper West Region to create Espoir’s Shea Butter Cooperative.
We successfully implemented phase I of our project during the fall-winter 2016. Working with the community, we produced and sold enough Shea butter to start our first community development project – an extension to the only school in the village.
The project is in phase 2 of implementation: Integrating the entire supply chain – formulating, producing, and distributing finished products ourselves. We plan to eliminate intermediaries and go directly to the market in the West. By doing this, we can ensure that our cooperative members gain a larger percentage of the final price and customers are not overcharged.
Our goal is to create a sustainable global community of trading resources for social impact rather than relying on the “good” of foreign aid.