One of the things that struck me was a speaker who noted that the relationship between the increased interest in Shea and the continued poverty of the women who collects the nuts and process them is not at par. They remain in poverty even while more buyers come into the market. #naturalnigerian #shea2016 #nninghana
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  • naturalnigerianOne of the things that struck me was a speaker who noted that the relationship between the increased interest in Shea and the continued poverty of the women who collects the nuts and process them is not at par. They remain in poverty even while more buyers come into the market. #naturalnigerian #shea2016 #nninghana

  • shadiestenbeautyThat is sad, what are they doing wrong? And how can we change this
  • specialmeorganicsFor this very reason (poverty) one of our workers who is from one of the 'south-western' states in Nigeria where production of Shea butter is predominant affirmed that most women abandon the making of Shea butter because it isn't quite lucrative for them. And that some aren't bothered about its benefits since they have to put food on their tables anyways...So they cut these trees midway growth stage (even before the shea nuts grow out😢)to sell as 'fire wood' to interested buyers. This she said yields a faster income. @naturalnigerian its a vicious cycle. Women who can't make quick money would cut down these trees to make ends meet; then there are less Shea trees available... i believe a re-orientation and women empowerment would solve this menace.
  • specialmeorganicsFor this very reason (poverty) one of our workers who is from one of the 'south-western' states in Nigeria where production of Shea butter is predominant affirmed that most women abandon the making of Shea butter because it isn't quite lucrative for them. And that some aren't bothered about its benefits since they have to put food on their tables anyways...So they cut these trees midway growth stage (even before the shea nuts grow out😢)to sell as 'fire wood' to interested buyers. This she said yields a faster income. @naturalnigerian its a vicious cycle. Women who can't make quick money would cut down these trees to make ends meet; then there are less Shea trees available... i believe a re-orientation and women empowerment would solve this menace.
  • specialmeorganicsFor this very reason (poverty) one of our workers who is from one of the 'south-western' states in Nigeria where production of Shea butter is predominant affirmed that most women abandon the making of Shea butter because it isn't quite lucrative for them. And that some aren't bothered about its benefits since they have to put food on their tables anyways...So they cut these trees midway growth stage (even before the shea nuts grow out😢)to sell as 'fire wood' to interested buyers. This she said yields a faster income. @naturalnigerian its a vicious cycle. Women who can't make quick money would cut down these trees to make ends meet; then there are less Shea trees available... i believe a re-orientation and women empowerment would solve this menace.
  • specialmeorganicsFor this very reason (poverty) one of our workers who is from one of the 'south-western' states in Nigeria where production of Shea butter is predominant affirmed that most women abandon the making of Shea butter because it isn't quite lucrative for them. And that some aren't bothered about its benefits since they have to put food on their tables anyways...So they cut these trees midway growth stage (even before the shea nuts grow out😢)to sell as 'fire wood' to interested buyers. This she said yields a faster income. @naturalnigerian its a vicious cycle. Women who can't make quick money would cut down these trees to make ends meet; then there are less Shea trees available... i believe a re-orientation and women empowerment would solve this menace.
  • specialmeorganicsFor this very reason (poverty) one of our workers who is from one of the 'south-western' states in Nigeria where production of Shea butter is predominant affirmed that most women abandon the making of Shea butter because it isn't quite lucrative for them. And that some aren't bothered about its benefits since they have to put food on their tables anyways...So they cut these trees midway growth stage (even before the shea nuts grow out😢)to sell as 'fire wood' to interested buyers. This she said yields a faster income. @naturalnigerian its a vicious cycle. Women who can't make quick money would cut down these trees to make ends meet; then there are less Shea trees available... i believe a re-orientation and women empowerment would solve this menace.
  • specialmeorganicsFor this very reason (poverty) one of our workers who is from one of the 'south-western' states in Nigeria where production of Shea butter is predominant affirmed that most women abandon the making of Shea butter because it isn't quite lucrative for them. And that some aren't bothered about its benefits since they have to put food on their tables anyways...So they cut these trees midway growth stage (even before the shea nuts grow out😢)to sell as 'fire wood' to interested buyers. This she said yields a faster income. @naturalnigerian its a vicious cycle. Women who can't make quick money would cut down these trees to make ends meet; then there are less Shea trees available... i believe a re-orientation and women empowerment would solve this menace.
  • foworaSomeone is broken in the value chain of the women producing the Shea aren't seeing a financial impact in their lives yet more buyers are coming into the market. I liked Shea radiance's biz model because it seemed to be focused on lifting women out of poverty.
  • opefarmsThanks for sharing but this must change. Not fair.
  • lady_organics@naturalnigerian For me the scripture that says love your neighbor as yourself should be applicable to the Shea butter business men and women. Please re-orient these women and bring them out of poverty. You can do it. Thanks and God bless. #sheabutter
  • semsey_skintreatsThanks for sharing. Had this conversation at one of the GSA conference I attended few years back.
    We can't be talking standardization when the woman who gets the Shea butter out gets it under stress. And my dear, been a member of a Shea cooperative makes me realize that the work towards poverty alleviation hasn't even started. As little as basic water, these communities lack and the stakeholders (LGA, State) do not care hence the women while been ripped off deflect to the highest bidder or the man with the sweetest tongue.
    #sheabutter fair trade #eliminate middle man #get paid for your hard work.
  • roliessentialsthe question now is what can we do, what action can we take now to change the trend.
  • midibabeThere should be a control process that benefit the women put in place . It's really sad
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