Rural women process and sell shea butter

| October 24, 2016

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This week’s stories focus on women cultivating a better future for themselves and their families. Our Script of the week travels to Mali to tell another story about women making a better future.

The shea tree is a West African plant frequently found in villages and surrounding areas. The tree produces shea nuts towards the beginning of the rainy season. If the rainy season is generous, the trees produce many nuts.

Rural women—who are the people most affected by poverty—lead the effort to process shea nuts into shea butter. When women sell shea butter in the marketplace, the income allows them to support their families.

This script presents an interview with the president of a women’s association in rural Mali, who describes the process of making good quality shea butter for sale and home use.