Development and unity foundation (DUF-GHANA) is a non-profit, non-political voluntary organization registered under the Ghana Registrar General Act 1963, Act 179. The organization has undertaken some number of projects in Yendi Municipality in the northern region of Ghana.
The organization aims to ensure sustainable livelihood and employment to people and provide facilities and amenities with the purpose of improving the quality of life of the people targeted at. With the objective of socioeconomic development of the targeted beneficiaries the organization works as a catalyst to fire up the dormant imagination and enterprise of the deprived sections and tries to put them on the threshold of development and growth.
DUF-GHANA has recognized itself lucratively at the grassroots level in the Northern areas of Ghana and has proved to be an ideal sculptor of a society working in close coordination with the remotest communities, while acquiring very low administrative costs.
Since the formation its has taken up a large number of projects/programmes in various field in the Yendi Municipal and enabled lot of people especially the poor, downtrodden and disadvantaged sections to have better education, livelihood enhancement, agriculture development and women empowerment, Since the beneficiaries are so large and spread over the Municipal and the organization is committed in its endeavors, it has earned name and fame and goodwill among the beneficiaries. It also maintains better coordination and rapport with government functionaries and the communities’ leaders
This project is a shea butter production. The product is processed at Nalugu a village in Yendi Municipality, DUF-GHANA supports the shea butter women group in Nalugu to produce shea-butter to enhance their livelihood .
The production process involves cracking, roasting, milling, separating oil, boiling, and cooling.
The organization is currently supporting 78 women, each woman receive two bags of shea nuts to produce 4 calabash (local bowls used for measurement and packaging) of shea-butter.
DUF-GHANA would like to increase the number of beneficiary of the project by adding different villages and women’s groups.
The project required to increase beneficiary to 200 women in three villages and to be able to increase the number of bags to three per each beneficiary.
The process of shea butter production is as follows:
- Once the raw nuts are purchased they are cracked by pounding and then roasted.
- The roasted nuts are carried to a nearby village where there is a grinding mill.
- After paying to have the nuts ground, they are carried back to Nalugu as a paste. The next steps are very important as they will determine the color and quality of the shea-butter.
- Shea nut oil is extracted from the paste. The more time and attention that is put into this step determines the clarity of the oil.
- The oil is then boiled to reach the appropriate consistency. The best method is to bring the oil to a boil and then decrease the temperature to a low boil or simmer.
- Once the oil has boiled, it cools and solidifies into soft shea butter – the finished product.
The fund will be use to buy 200 bags of shea-nuts for the project, each bag is USD$23.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Abdul Moomin Abass (Ghana) – dufghana(at)gmail.com
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