We support communities to make and sell tree products, like shea butter and soap. The income they make from their businesses alleviates poverty, helping them to pay for essential healthcare and education.
This is our enterprise development approach.
Communities tell us which trees work best for them and their environment. Some trees have lots of benefits.
Take the shea tree. The shea fruit is a great source of nutrients. The shea nut can be processed into butter for cooking or to make cosmetics, which are used all over the world. The tree itself helps to keep land fertile and protect against drought and floods.
A community-led approach to building sustainable business was at the heart of our Growing Food & Incomes project. In this Burkina Faso-based project, we supported communities to grow sustainable 'leaves for livelihoods' harvesting and processing the leaves of trees like baobab and moringa.