Focus on Mali – Shea Butter Cooperative in Djiola Targets Regional Markets

Focus on Mali – Shea Butter Cooperative in Djiola Targets Regional Markets

Posted on 22. Mar, 2010 by in Agriculture, Technology, The Experts

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.

Madam Fatima displays finished soap bar

Madam Fatima displays finished soap bar


Soap Bars Ready for Sale

Soap Bars Ready for Sale


Shea Butter Packaged in 1kg tubs for local use

Shea Butter Packaged in 1kg tubs for local use

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4 Responses to “Focus on Mali – Shea Butter Cooperative in Djiola Targets Regional Markets”

  1. This is so exciting, Funlayo! Thank you for sharing from your adventure. I can’t wait to learn more! I know that when these ladies are ready to cross the ocean, you’ll be waiting for them with open arms!

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  2. funlayo

    22. Mar, 2010

    Hi dM. Looking forward to sharing more of their stories with the Indie Network. The next Africa Shea Conference will be in Ghana in 2011, start packing your bags because you need to be there!

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    • AHASS SOURF

      12. Jul, 2010

      It is unfortunate that most of the African middle men often exploit the producers of Shea butter. I wonder what conference would be held when thousands of tones of Shea butter is left out without sales.

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  3. Meagan Lynne

    26. Apr, 2010

    Its fantastic to see women working together like this. Traditional African Shea butter is the absolute best. I hope I can use theirs in the future!

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