Winrock International requests the support of a Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Opportunities Ghana for a 16 day volunteer assignment (including travel) located in Gupanarigu, Ghana, the Kumbungu District Assembly of the Northern Region. The volunteer will train 20 leaders of Bandisuglo Sheabutter Processing Women’s Group (BSPWG) on how to formulate a shea butter-based soap range, package, and label the varieties of natural soaps formulated using locally available resources that meet required standards for the local and international markets. These leaders will in turn train their group members after the volunteer assignment.
Bandisuglo Sheabutter Processing Women’s Group (BSPWG) is an association of women shea butter processors and farmers formed in 2000 and registered in 2007. It currently has 133 members who produce handcrafted shea butter and engage in sorghum, maize, and soybean farming on a small scale. The principal objective of BSPWG is to generate employment for the members, empower them economically, and provide them with skills, training, etc. Apart from seasonal farming, shea butter production is a major source of income for rural women. It provides an opportunity for them to become economically empowered. Although BSPWG’s planned activities also include soap making, kente weaving, and pomade making, the group is unable to pursue these activities due to inadequate knowledge and technical expertise. Members sell mainly to the Savannah Fruits Company, a Ghanaian Registered Company, but during the company’s offseason, their products get purchased by itinerant buyers due to the absence of a reliable market. As result, BSPWG wants to diversify its business activities to include developing a range of value-added products (i.e. natural, shea-based soap and body care) and processing of additional agricultural products (i.e. moringa, soybean, and neem soymilk, kebab, Tom Brown cereal, and handicrafts). This will provide the membership with continual, year-round production to fill in the gaps
currently made by seasonable shea butter processing and give the women more consistent work. These value-added products also represent an opportunity for women to increase their profit margins and establish a brand name for BSPWG. The group plans to begin with soap formulation using shea butter, packaging and labeling; and is requesting F2F volunteer assistance on this value addition project. The assistance will contribute to sustainable incomes for rural women as it will equip BSPWG members with the skills to improve their operations.
The volunteer should have the following qualifications and background:
- University degree in agro-processing and product development or relevant subject
- Experience and knowledge in the development of value-added products derived from shea butter and inappropriate technology in standard methods of packaging and labeling
- Experience in training and transferring hands-on knowledge to adults
- Good report writing, presentation, and communication skills
- Ability to use a computer for report writing and presentations without the assistance of others
Location: Gupanarigu, Kumbungu District, Northern Region
Assignment Number: GHA133
Volunteers Requested: 1
Closing Date : July 30,2020
Recruiter: Jennifer Robinson | email@example.com
***As part of the Farmer-to-Farmer Consortium, this assignment is made possible through USAID funding. In accordance to USAID guidelines, any candidates submitted for consideration under this project must have a valid US passport or Green Card.***