Shea butter processing centres for women in Garu-Tempane District

By Samuel Akapule, GNA

Woriyanga (U/E), Aug. 7, GNA – World
Vision Ghana (WVG) has constructed shea butter processing centres for 600 women
in the  Garu-Tempane District of the
Upper East Region to help improve and sustain their livelihoods.

The Shea butter project which is
being implemented by WVG Garu Area Programme and its partners with funding from
World Vision Korea in 2015 and 2016 respectively, installed the facilities in
two communities, Kpikpira and Gagbiri with extraction machines and this is in
addition to training the women on how to use the machines for processing. 

Mr Bugre Rexford Yamdorg, the Bawku
Cluster Programme Manager of WVG, said this at an exhibition durbar on shea
butter products organized at the Woriyanga community by WVG to showcase the
products produced by the Garu-Tempane Women Shea Network.

The Programme Manager said the women
who were trained in value addition were making soap and pomade, hair cream and
body lotions using the shea butter they produced.

Mr Yamdorg said the project has
improved the financial position of the women to contribute to their household
income and to cater for their children adding that plans are far advanced to
put up one of such facilities at the Woriyanga community.

He said apart from the shea butter
project, WVG Garu Area Programme under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
component in the 2017 financial year drilled 25 boreholes in addition to the
102 boreholes already drilled.

Mr Yamdorg said his outfit under the
WASH component also supported the Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit in
the District to help nineteen communities to attain Open Defecation Free
status.

He said his outfit was supporting the
Birth and Death Registration Office to register 2500 vulnerable children in the
District and has so far provided the office with tables, chairs, laptop,
desktop computer and a printer to facilitate the administrative activities of
the registry.

Mr Emmanuel Asore Avoka, the District
Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, lauded WVG and the donors for complementing
the efforts of Government in the area of WASH, Education and agriculture.

He pledged that the Assembly under
the government flagship programme of One District, One factory would offer
support to Women Shea Network groups by building their capacity and to also
help them acquire loans from Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) and
the banks.

GNA

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