Total loan: $70,000

Mother's Shea

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Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana / Agriculture

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A loan helped To provide increased and stable incomes to rural shea nut-farming women in Ghana during COVID-19.

Mother's Shea's story

Approximately 1 million women in Ghana support themselves by picking and selling shea nuts to be processed into shea butter products. The majority do not speak English, are illiterate and live/work where there are no paved roads. Due to lack of transparency in market prices, shea pickers subsist on artificially lower incomes. Mother’s Shea Ltd., founded and owned by mother and daughter Eugenia and Naa-Sakle Akuete, aims to bridge the gap between rural shea nut pickers and global shea butter demand. Recognizing that women who do back-breaking work to support their families through the sale of shea butter seldom received the fair value for their work, Mother’s Shea set out to ensure that the 7,500 women pickers they work with get fair wages 20% above the rate paid by traders. Through their leadership within the Global Shea Alliance and partnerships with retailers, they have brought attention and support to the industry. Their consumer brand, Eu'Genia Shea, is sold at many U.S. major retailers. This loan will be used to expand production and maintain wages in the wake of COVID-19. This is the second direct loan to Mother’s Shea. The first loan was made to its parent company NaaSakle International, LLC. View their previous loan here.