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UGF/CDN (Union des Groupements Feminins Ce Dwane Nyee) is a shea butter co-operative located in Reo, Burkina Faso.

In order to increase their supply of shea nuts, UGF approached Shared Interest to finance a new truck, make improvements to their processing equipment. Although these changes sound fairly small, the impact on the organisation has been significant, particularly in terms of productivity. In 2015, they employed 128 additional workers due to the increase in the volume of their orders.

"Some of the women have built new homes for themselves, started schooling their children, and paying their medical bills."

Forty-seven-year-old Zongo Giwo has been supplying nuts to UGF for the past five years. She said that before her employment, her family only had enough food for one meal a day. This meal was prepared in the evening and the remaining leftovers served as breakfast before school the next day. Thankfully, the situation has improved and now she can provide lunch for her children too.

"We want to say a big thank you to Shared Interest because today the loan has over 3,000 direct beneficiaries. On behalf of all the women of UGF, thank you so very much!"

The future holds many opportunities for the shea butter producers. Your investment could take their business to the next stage.

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