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We are succeeding and we want to do more, with your help.


Just Shea and
One Village Planet-
Women's Development Initiative
Dear Just Shea family,
 
We write family because supporter is just not enough to express how we feel about the ongoing support you give us. That support allows us to reach out and support women shea harvesters and their families in the village of Gushie, in Northern Ghana.
 
We know most of you are aware of the work that Just Shea and our sister non-profit One Village Planet-Women's Development Initiative does to insure that the women harvesters are protected from snakes and garner fair wages for the shea nuts they collect.
 
For you new comers, this is what we do: We provide women in the Gushie Shea Nut Collective with protective gear: hooded raincoats, boots and gloves so they can harvest more safely, more efficiently and thus have a better crop. And, to better sell this crop, we built a spacious 16X60 silo right on the main road to town so that buyers will purchase from the Collective, thus getting the women a better price.
 
So this is the end of the year. And yes we are asking for another infusion of funds to help us continue our work.
 
WHY? Well, it’s simple: We are succeeding and we want to do more, with your help.
Here is what we did in 2012:
 
∙      Purchased an acre of land and constructed a storage silo complete with a quality control platform and fabulous roadfront signage that links to a dedicated cell phone to help increase shea nut sales
 
∙      Expanded the Just Shea safety program to include 40 women. (There a waiting list of 100 more who want to join!)
 
∙      We hired a wonderful local women Fatimah to work with us and we opened a tiny office in Tamale, the nearest town to our pilot village of Gushie.
 
∙      We have been endorsed by so many African and American governmental and local groups. Here are a few: USAID, the Global Shea Alliance, West Africa Trade Hub, the Ghanaian Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, and Women's and Children's Affairs.
 
∙      We received a generous grant from a private foundation and have our incredible JUST SHEA products in four new stores.
 
SO GIVE NOW, give generously if you're able. And help us expand our program to include other deserving mothers in Gushie and their families.
 
And think of JUST SHEA products for your Holiday purchase with a purpose. All allowable profits go to the JUST SHEA Program in Gushie.
 
Not bad for a part time staff who is scurrying and hustling as fast as we can.
 
Happy Holidays and peace and prosperity in the new year for us all!
 
Wicki and Danielle and all the gang across the seas
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The Just Shea Gushie SIlo
Just Shea Safety Gear Distribution
Program Director Fatimah Zubair with Gushie Assemblyman
Zeharatu and Lukman
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