|Case Studies for Women in OA in Burkina Faso|
The association works with 11 villages and over 3,000 women, distributing income equally amongst members of the collective.
The Songtaab-Yalgré works on raising awareness of conservation and organic production and offers trainings on environmentally friendly agricultural practices. The association devotes a portion of its resources to HIV/AIDS education and literacy training for women and youth and other issues.
Key achievements of the association include:
Union of Shea Butter Producers, Burkina Faso
The Union of Women Producers of Shea Products of Sissili and Ziro (UGPPK) is located in the Sissili and Ziro provinces, near the border with Ghana.
UGPPK was established in January 2001 as a union of 18 district producer groups to improve the position of women involved in shea butter production, most of whom are illiterate, and reduce poverty in the villages. It has now grown to 67 groups from 38 villages, and represents more than 3,000 women producers. UGPPK has a high profile in the industry, with a presence at national and international trade fairs, and is a member of the industry body known as the ‘filière’, made up of producers, government ministries, NGOs, and traders.
Since its creation, the Union has trained at least 2,000 women in methods of work that improve the quantity and quality of shea butter production. The Union also fights illiteracy and HIV/AIDS: since it creation, more than 800 women have been taught basic literacy, 20 HIV orphans have received school supplies every year and over 500 women producers have been made aware of the risks associated with HIV/AIDS.
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