The collective activities of the Fair-trading Alliance directly impact 7 and indirectly 9 out of 17 SDGs
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Asking women to collect Shea nuts for industrial processing pushes women deeper into poverty and dependency.
Since 2019, the women of Dipaliya Women’s Association are, free of debt, 100% owner of the Shea butter processing centre, an asset with a book value of €250,000. Through the Leap into Life’s Action Learning Programme women are supported in developing (new) skills, improving their income and self-sufficiency in alignment with traditional community values.
International trading in Shea is a multi-billion business, yet the women collecting Shea nuts and making Shea butter are highly underpaid living in extreme poverty. By making the community in Africa co-owner of the trading company in Europe we practice economic inclusion, by paying a fair wage for honest work we create more equal opportunities, and by returning profits made in Europe to Africa we reduce income-growth inequalities and migration.
Mobilizing finance resources for the sourcing communities in Africa has been a key driver for initiating Toontibo. The Fair-trading Alliance with Dipaliya Women’s Association, Leap into Life Foundation and future partners is designed as a partnership to work on concrete issues that touch almost all SDGs. To revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development (SDG17), collaborations must exceed and include the objectives of the individual partners. The Leap into Life Foundation has an interconnecting and leading role, applying holistic methods and tools for managing the alliance.