• Instagram
  • Facebook Social Icon

©2019 by Danielle & Daisy.

Shea Stories

Empowering Women

 

In Ghana and most part of West Africa, Women are the major producers of Shea butter therefore Shea Butter is names “Women’s Gold”. Shea Butter offer these women the opportunity to employment and their earnings feed, clothe, and educate their children. Over 16 million African women make a living from Shea Butter Production.

At Danielle & Daisy, we source our Shea Butter directly from women Run cooperatives in northern part of Ghana. Doing this ensures that we get our Shea Butter from the very source of production, we get the finest quality hand-crafted Shea butter that delivers the best results for our customers. Also, trading directly with the Shea Butter producers, places revenue in the hands of the women directly, they get what exactly they have earned and removes the middlemen.

 

We at Danielle & Daisy strongly live for  supporting the community, supporting women especially widows, single mothers, women with brain injuries ( a foundation set up in my mother's memory) and we work hard to promote Women Empowerment especially the empowerment of the African Women - We know that when a woman is financially empowered, she can change the lives of her children, her family and her entire community. Danielle & Daisy, we are inspired by the strength, the beauty, the dedication, the creativity, the experience, the stories they share and the journey they have travelled and the dignity of  which these women live by. We seek to support and make a difference in their lives and their communities. 

Long-Term Sustainability Vision

  • Pay for  Health Insurance for the Women to ensure they  have easy access to the Ghana Health Service to enable our women have routine Health service . 

  • Set up a Shea Village in the North.

  • Set Up a Coconut Oil Village in the Western Region.

  • Learning Facilities for communities for kindergarten and elementary age children, especially for the girl child. 

  • Literacy centre with focus on women to improve on their literacy and numeracy.

  • During Christmas  and other seasons support the women and their families with gifts to support them to celebrate with their families .

  • Joint project with communities and NGO’s to build better storage facilities for nuts and butter.

Mma Ramatu 

My name is  Ramatu and I am from the Upper West Region - Ghana. I have 4 children and have been making  and producing Shea Butter most of my life.  I started working with Naana (Ama) many years ago when she would come to Ghana for visit and purchase Shea Butter for personal use . When she set up Danielle & Daisy  and started working with our co-op group she has been buying her Shea Butter in Bulk from us. Producing Shea butter and having a steady market for my Shea product has changed my life. I no longer have to toil doing subsistence farming. My children are in school and I am able to support them through the proceeds  My hopes and aspirations include helping my children further their education, pay for their health insurances, having them nicely clothed and having enough money to do other types of business." 

Maame Benewaa  

My name is Maame Benewa and I am from Niger State. I used to go into the forest to cut down trees to sell as firewood. Hauling firewood was hard back breaking work for me. Now I am into Shea butter processing, with the help of Shea Radiance.

I have 6 children. Now I am earning more money from Shea butter production unlike before, and now I am getting more money to buy things for myself (i.e cooking supplies). If there is no Shea butter production that means I am left with nothing. Shea butter has done a lot of good things for me.

Aisha

My name is Aisha. I support my family by the buying and selling of farm products; I also work on Shea butter production. I have 5 children, 3 are in school the other 2 are at home. If I can sell more Shea butter, I can have more money for my children. 

I would also be able to send my other children to school. If there is no Shea butter then there is no school, there is nothing because there is no money.

Our connection with the women changed the focus of our business.

We realised that Shea butter had the potential to change women’s lives by alleviating poverty and providing women with an income to meet the needs of their children. 

Danielle & Daisy Poverty Alleviation Intervention Program in
Northern and Western Regions of Ghana 

 

For this intervention, we worked with over 500 local Shea producers in eight communities in Bosso Local Government areas of Niger State, Nigeria. 

The program focused on training the women in group formation and Shea nut and butter quality improvement. Training consisted of the following modules:

  • Shea Sensitisation Program

  • Shea Quality Improvement Training 

  • Group Formation and Strengthening

  •  Follow-up Intervention on Group Formation 

  • Supply of basic Shea equipment

 

Shea Radiance supplied each of the eight communities with the following locally fabricated equipment to help increase production output, relieve physical labor of production and provide a consistent and improved quality of Shea butter: 

  • 16 Shea roasters (2 per community)

  • 8 milling machines

  • 8 crushing machines

  • 8 connecting metal tables

  • 8 Diesel engines

Planned impact

For Women Shea Collectors and Local Processors, Improved women’s ability to compete in the Shea market by helping them organise into cooperatives in order to negotiate as a group

  • Provided pre-financing of nuts so that women could buy additional nuts from other communities in order to meet up with our production demands

  • Established a buy-back arrangement so that Shea Radiance purchases Shea butter from local cooperatives thus providing immediate market for their product

  • Provided training and education to improve knowledge of best practices in
    Shea processing that includes:

Eliminate smoking of nuts

Stop indiscriminate cutting of trees

Promote effective handling and storage of nuts

Improvement on quality of nuts and butter

Better Shea prices at farm gate

Improved ability to handle and maintain Shea equipment

Long-Term Vision for Sustainability   

  • Healthcare center and itinerant health practitioner to care for the women and their families

  • Learning center within communities for kindergarten and elementary age children, special focus on girls

  • Literacy center with focus on women