Women's Cooperative for the Planet

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Women's Cooperative for the Planet

About Us

The Women's Cooperative for the Planet Cooperative (CFP) is an AFP office in Senegal for the implementation of projects and the management of local operations, and the reminder for women's handicraft groups in Mali, Burkina Faso Faso and Senegal. The PSC is supporting products with processing equipment and reinforcing their support through rigorous training to ensure a fair wage before they get the job done. To start, grants from the State of Geneva, the City of Geneva and the City of Lancy allowed CFP to launch a project in collaboration with women's groups active in the production of shea butter. in Burkina Faso and Mali. In rural areas in these countries, the shea tree grows wild; women pick up shea nuts that they manually turn into butter for sale.

The objective of this project was to support these groups to make shea butter processing methods more efficient in order to increase their production capacity, as well as the quality of the finished product. Women benefited from training on good transformation practices and resource management. as well as machines were put at their disposal. The machines are fast, efficient, easy to use and maintain, without cluttering the workspace. This mechanization of the process makes it possible to reduce the time necessary to transform the nuts into butter, as well as to remove certain manual and painful steps. This first project was a great success! As an example, the group of women who have collaborated with AFP in Burkina Faso (SANGTABA) one of the largest producers and exporters of shea butter in Africa, with exports of up to 60 tons per year, and a positive impact important in the lives of these women and their families can be observed.

Most of the rural inhabitants of this West African region live in isolation producing millet, peanuts, sweet potatoes, shea butter or fonio. The latter are also transformed in some cases, and sold to meet their basic needs (health, education, etc.). The Women for the Planet Association aims to broaden the spectrum of support to enable these populations, especially women entrepreneurs, to better live their economic activities in a sustainable manner.


Approach and strategy:

During a journey of more than twenty years of experience in the exploitation and exploitation of natural resources, especially shea, I was able to identify many problems that prevent certain local natural resources from "feeding their man". There is, among other things, the inability of women producers to develop products derived from these resources, since processing techniques are not always well assimilated. There is also the problem of packaging products that, when done wrong, minimizes their real quality. Women also generally lack the means to present and promote their products at international meetings.


Our commitment

CFP is committed, in the context of sustainable development, to the organization of workplaces and provides the necessary know-how for the training of women workers, with the aim of making their production of raw materials conform to international standards. and, through this, offers a true possibility of economic exchange.

CFP is committed to :

  • Promote 100% natural and high quality raw materials for commercialization.
  • Promote the development of their production and use, with a view to sustainable development.
  • Support the people involved in the production of these local raw materials, so that people are paid fairly, and live worthily the fruit of their work.
  • Structuring local working groups into cooperatives to improve working conditions, provide adequate training, ensure a fair income in order to fight against poverty, and strengthen the economic power of those engaged in these communities in an equitable manner, and live worthily from the fruits of their labor.


CFP is committed, in the context of sustainable development, to the organization of workplaces and brings the necessary know-how to the training of women workers, with the aim of making their production of shea butter conform to European standards. and, through this, offers a true possibility of economic exchange.

In concrete terms, AFP's action consists in significantly increasing the productivity of women living around the shea butter trade. Shea butter is sometimes called, in Africa, "the gold of women" because it allowed them, through the gathering of nuts and their transformation, to contribute to the life of the family. However, both harvesting and the production cycle are slow and painful operations and, being made under often inadequate conditions, access to a correct market is found pejorated.

The BIO shea butter project is about helping two women's groups, improving their quality of life, making the work more conscious, less dangerous and less arduous.

This project aims to fight against poverty by promoting the grouping of women into collector and processor cooperatives of shea nuts in order to increase their income through their activities. Our action passes in 3 steps:

  • The first step is to make available to these women, production machines, to increase their production capacity and their income by a factor of 10 !

  • The second step is the training of these women in the fields of harvesting, storage, use of equipment, hygiene and packaging of products..

  • And finally, the third step is to sensitize these populations to the issues of sustainable development, and offer training on the recycling of production waste..

The BIO shea butter project was implemented at :

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Support our action on the ground by becoming a member. You can register online, or download and print the application form, In English or In French and send it to us by email.


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5410 liberté 5
Dakar, Sénégal

Sénégal : 00221 77 342 67 00

Genéve : 0041 79 903 15 36


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