Ghana has made considerable progress in reducing poverty. Despite this, there is growing inequality as the gap between the rich and poor widens. Poor households lack food for around a quarter of each year. In bad years, this rises to more than half the year with little or no food. Access to financial services is scarce, with 78% of families in rural communities lacking access to even the most basic financial services.
In Ghana, we work with United Purpose and Northern Ghana Shea to build women’s skills in high quality shea butter production, and then support them to reinvest profits into community development initiatives of their own making. We support communities to link to buyers, to provide a regular, reliable income, improving access to markets for rural women, and ensuring they receive fair prices for their nuts and butter.
She is a mother of four and has an infectious smile and a great sense of humour. Before joining the group, Ajara’s casual employment left her family struggling financially.
Now, life is very different. To read more about her story, visit our blog.