Postcard from the Field: Shea Butter in Ghana

In February, 2010, members of the Root Capital team traveled to Ghana. There they visited producers of shea butter, a product Root Capital has financed since 2007. The shea tree is unique to Africa and forms part of the “Green Belt,” a forested area that helps stem the southward creep of the Sahara Desert. Traditionally, the activity of collecting shea nuts and processing butter has been done exclusively by women, and the income earned from shea butter goes to and is controlled by women. By financing shea butter producers, Root Capital is working to close the circle between economically marginalized women and their communities, and the preservation of arable land.