We visited a shea production center in Djiola, 2.5 hours outside of Bamako. Madam Fatima Jallo head of the Union of Local Shea Producers gave us a brief history of the Union and it’s accomplishments. Formed in in September of 2001, the Union was originally started on a village level and then progressed into a union of 45 locall cooperatives of 1,673 women.
The cooperatives bring processed shea butter to the Union center where further filtering and packaging is done to produce a premium grade of shea butter for the local market.
They have future goals of targeting the international market, but right now they are meeting the local demand within Mali and the neighboring countries for quality shea and soap bars to be used for personal care.