"This is an important project. If this social business comes out successful, it will pave the way for many such social businesses in agriculture” (Muhammad Yunus)
Northern rural Ghana is the least developed part of the country, and particularly women hardly have any chance to generate income. For approximately 600,000 women, the collection and processing of the shea nut (a wild growing nut that is processed into fats for use in confectionary and cosmetics industry) is one of the few options to make a living. As in many other agricultural value chains, the women are the weakest part of the value chain. The value chain is very long, and the women lack negotiation power, market information and technical skills, resulting in very low margins for them.