Livelihood Project

CRIS has promoted the sustainability of livelihoods by providing instruction rural farmers on profitable methods of rearing of guinea fowl and ruminants, training women’s groups for the extraction and processing of Shea butter, and educating communities on the negative effects of indiscriminate clear cutting of trees. It has also established demonstration farm plots and provided basic math, record-keeping and English skills to women farmers groups. Goal: To secure access of poor and marginalized men and women to a decent livelihood through access to productive resources, skills training and enterprise development The livelihoods programme will focus on building strong access of rural men and women to reproductive resources such as credit, enterprise development services and entrepreneurial skills.

We will build the capacity of farmers to use business skills to manage the storage and marketing of farm produce as post harvest losses are a major challenge in the agriculture sector. We will also focus on building strong farmer based association and groups, with the strategy of linking them up to other organizations such as SADA to support them to access farm inputs. CRIS will also lobby for government to improve upon the road network to boost access to distant food producing communities and markets.

Similarly we will strengthen our support to women’s income generation activities through a Micro-credit scheme. We will scale up our current micro-credit scheme for women, targeting widows and those whose children are in school. It our plan to link them up with rural banks and help negotiate for soft loans and accessible financial services by encouraging savings and prudent business practices. Women cooperative organisations 42 number have been established in project target districts and are into shea butter production, cereal and leguminous crop cultivation, bee keeping and using Village Savings Loans and credit VSLAs as a leverage to promote their livelihoods. SHEA BUTTER PRODUCTION MACHINE INSTALLATION AND TRAINING Shea butter activity was organised and empowered 120 women beneficiaries and to reverse challenges Bale women face in shea butter production; processing activities of shea butter are dominated by old age processing technology, with no education or low levels of education.

Bale women are saddled with an unregulated and fragmented market structure; activities are uncoordinated and very much left at the mercy of buyers and their networks. For all the time and labour the Bale woman puts in to garner and prepare shea for the market, she makes very minimal earnings. GEF/ SGP provided funding for the purchase of a shea butter processing machine for 6 Bale VSLAsto ease the production of quality shea butter. In the quarter under review 120 Village Savings Loans Associations VSLAs shea collectors and processors trained in Co-op management and Shea butter production to improve the financial benefit from the sale of their products.

Trainings established process and procedures for VSLAs;Organised training in cooperative development to equip women VSLA groups who are the direct beneficiaries of the facility with the relevant management skills in leadership and team work to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Using the VSLAs as a pillar the project gave refresher training to the VSLAs leadership to ensure functioning of a shea butter processing facility that the project procured and installed for shea butter production for the VSLAs .


  • Production: 3 Selected Bale VSLA women leaders of the shea butter Management committee machine travelled to Damongo and trained in quality shea production at mother shea company.

  • An installed, accessible and affordable shea production machine Centralised and operational is producing shea butter for Bale community and environs.

  • Bale women no longer have to commute any distance or long distances to process or grind quality shea butter.

  • A housing accommodation constructed and electricity installation extended to the shea butter processing machine and operational.

  • 120 VSLAs trained in Cooperative management and in a better position to manage their VSLAs.

  • Quality control measures: 2 skills training workshops for hands on the job provided for 6 VLSAs made up of 120 women now know how to and sort shea nuts ,crack, roast and grind shea nuts in the proper manner.