BULK TO FINISHED PRODUCTS

Profile:

Akoma Cooperative Multipurpose Society
Product focus: Shea butter
Location: Bolgatanga – Ghana
Type: Small producer – 350 farmers
Fairtrade certificate since: 2009
Contact: Samuel Nii Tettey –yettetsam@yahoo.com,
ghana@akomacooperative.com

Challenges

For a long time Akoma farmers had been grinding their nuts and packing their shea butter in bulk, as the market demanded. However, recently customers’ preference has been changing, opting for shea butter that had been packaged and labeled as a finished product instead. To Akoma, this changing trend meant the farmers needed to incorporate value addition to their product.

Solution

With Fairtrade premium funds and extra support from Akoma International (UK), they purchased packaging machinery. To further differentiate their brand, they also decided to license their shea butter as Fairtrade. They are now selling to Akoma International (UK), who distributes their products to clients across Europe, and to Wakachiai projects in Japan.

Cost

Akoma spent approximately USD30, 890 in setting up the whole packaging process.

Results

As the packaging and labeling was completed recently, it is too early to see the impact yet. Currently the farmers are still optimizing the process, but they expect the market demand will continue to rise.

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