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She Grows

Working with 1,000 women in Mali to grow sustainable businesses.

The project

Our She Grows project will help 1,000 women in Mali to grow trees, food, and an income.

Wwill empower women to secure access to trees. With the tools and training they need, they will turn tree products like fruit and nuts into nutritious food to eat, and products like soap and shea butter to sell. With training in key business skills and links to buyers, they will increase their household income, and tackle poverty. 

Why is this project needed?

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world where women have few opportunities to earn money. Most women depend on what they can grow on their land for food and income, but the climate crisis is making this even harder. 

To make matters worse, women living in Mali have less access to healthcare, education and jobs. They are also prevented from managing the trees and land they rely on. 

Women that will be supported through the She Grows project standing in their village.

Our aims

The three-year She Grows project aims to support 1,000 women with the tools and training they need to earn an income from tree products. Women will work together in enterprise groups to process and sell shea butter. This will help them gain financial independence and increase their ability to support their children. 

They will also plant 5,000 trees and learn how to care for them and help their local forests thrive. These trees will help to keep the soil fertile, the positive effects of which will be felt by the whole community. 

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    women will be supported

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    trees will be grown

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    women's cooperatives will be supported

Setou, a member of Tree Aid's She Grows project, smiling.

“Training women in soap-making would be a huge asset for women here. I am hopeful that we will have enough food to eat all year and I want my children to study at school.” Setou, Bouanidjé village, Mali

Read Setou's story

Our progress

The project kicked off around the time that COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. We adapted our project to provide essential information on the global health crisis to the people we work with, including how people can prevent its spread.

Women from ten cooperatives in the region have formed enterprise groups and some training has started. They also received shea butter processing equipment as well as tools and training to help them restore and manage their land and trees.

Our partners

This project has been made possible thanks to match funding from the UK government through UK Aid Match.