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WOMEN IN PROGRESS INC
May 20, 2010

A friend and I had just graduated college and set off to assist Women In Progress (WIP) for the summer in Ghana. Over our two month experience we became immersed in the most pro-active, sustainable and measured non-profits I have ever been a part of, or much less heard about. While working with the guidance and expertise, my partner and I were afforded the autonomy to work with a shea butter producer whom responsibly exports her product around the world. Through this, she employs over 700 women in the difficult region of Tamale Ghana. In this region she pays far above the market rate, teaches the women practical business habits and assist in developing women’s community groups. Although we came in with decent business acumen, we were able help our shea producer an $85,000 grant from USAID, re-create a sales lead and distribution system, and frequently monitor production for possible growth aspects. All the while we became close with the women workers, both in Tamale and Accra. Our work, facilitated by WIP, helped in the growth of these women from the ultra-poor, to now, many of the women having excess money stored in the bank for expenses such as school supplies, clothes, and emergency funds.

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I now understand that a non-profit has the obligation to TEACH and EMPOWER the people they assist, not to give handouts. Beyond this new expectation, I have a better handle on frontier economy social and economic development.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped a shea butter producer in the Women In Progress Network.