Karité producers in Burkina Faso

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Karité producers in Burkina Faso

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The three largest export products of Burkina Faso are gold, cotton and several kinds of seeds. Other central material are produced from the Shea-tree that widely grows in the region. Processed nuts can be used to make soap, butter and balm. Much of the work in Burkina Faso is highly season-dependent, resulting in the unemployment of many locals. This leads to an increase of the insecurity within the working environment. If you want to invest in the industry of Burkina Faso, you should be aware of the high risks that come along with it. In order to find local businesses, it is advisable to seek for partnerships that ensure local professional development and training.

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These women produce Shea by collecting and processing the nuts of the Shea tree. In order to yield shea butter, these nuts are being crushed and grinded. Then, the material can be used for cosmetics such as salve, lotion or moisturizers but also serves dietary purposes.

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Partner Organisation

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ASAP is a foundation that successfully works on several projects in Burkina Faso since 1997 (see: Project Page). The most substantial progress is in the education sector, however, development can also be observed within the fields of health care and employment. There are several primary, secondary and vocational schools set up in Bobo-Dioulasso. Due to the high levels of commitment, the professional organization and a clear vision for future projects, we have decided to collaborate with ASAP.  Our common goal is to create more jobs for the local community in order to provide new sources for motivation and encouragement for every individual in such critical environments.

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How can franchising support Karité producers?

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Through franchising, we want to offer Shea producers the establishment of working groups and facilitate the registration for companies in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Market fluctuations will not have such a great impact on individual entrepreneurs , and only affect the local company temporarily. This way, employees continue to receive steady incomes. Within the established partnership between the OFoundation and ASAP, both function as a backing support for the design of existing businesses in corporate form. Together, the OFoundation and ASAP help to organize investors and generate optimization strategies for existing processes. In short, both organizations aim to give Shea producers in Bobo-Dioulasso the ability to professionalize their work.

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After the local companies have successfully registered and established a stable ground, they can seek for expansion. Local women haven already proven themselves as fruitful entrepreneurs. By means of contributing to the growth of the organization, more workers will be attracted and more employees will be able to receive a fixed and stable income. This growth is possible through franchises based on the original company, both inside and outside the region.

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The benefits for Karité producers:

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Challenges

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