AWEP members learn niche market opportunities, packaging tips at AGOA Forum

Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills… Read More

Shea butter quality trainings for AWEP in Burkina Faso

Thirty members of the Burkina Faso chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) attended a three-day training-of-trainers workshop in the capital Ouagadougou on how best to process and sell high-quality shea butter in local, national and international markets. These thirty participants are AWEP’s focal points in Burkina Faso’s 13 regions and are expected to… Read More

Shea champion Rahama Wright shares business tips with female entrepreneurs

The Trade Hub attended the fourth Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum at the Andrew Young Center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on April 27, joining over 54 participants, including women entrepreneurs in the agriculture and apparel sectors. Speaker Ms. Rahama Wright, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shea Yeleen, particularly captivated the audience as she shared her… Read More

Trade Hub spreads the word about AGOA benefits at Global Shea Alliance annual conference

West African shea processors—including Zikora and Fludor from Benin, Ruby Unique Natural Premium Products from Nigeria and Charles K. Boateng from Ghana—currently export to other African countries and Europe. On March 15, the last day of the 2017 annual conference of the Global Shea Alliance in Cotonou, Benin, around 50 shea butter producers and exporters… Read More

Leading Ivorian shea association plans better branding and communications

The Filiere Karite de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) learned strategic steps at a February workshop in optimizing communication resources and building their brand as a leading association in the Ivorian shea value chain. With more than 2,000 members from rural women’s associations, FIKA-CI is working with an important network of traders and exporting companies. Since its… Read More

Hub and Ivorian shea producer collaborate to strengthen its member services

Since September, the Trade Hub has supported the Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI), the Ivorian shea producers association, to strengthen its member services through direct communications support and to encourage members to pay their dues. On November 30, Jessie LaFourcade, met with the president of FIKA-CI, Fatoumata Camara, and general secretary, Edwidge Hammond to… Read More

USAID West Africa, GSA to partner with private sector to benefit women in shea industry

USAID West Africa’s Mission Director, Mr. Alex Deprez, announced March 21 that the West African mission and the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) will sign a new five-year agreement with 25 private sector shea organizations to build 250 warehouses throughout West Africa. They will also build the capacity of more than 130,000 women shea collectors and… Read More

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