We have a



We are a community of 1,000 women

Together we make Shea butter



A smoothie

A smoothie

We are united as a
working community


means dare to live your dream

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Our dreams

01 Peace in the community

02 Healthy food on the table

03 Respect for traditional values

04 Safe place to work and live

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Our Challenges

01 Low payments

02 Pollution by chemicals

03 No access to international market

04 Green-washing

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Our plan

Create the conditions for self-sufficiency while
upholding our traditions for community and culture

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Inviting Mr Alain to Ghana


As representatives of the Dagomba tribe, Saakuba village and Dipaliya Woman's Association, invited Mr Alain for an official gathering with the woman from Dipaliya, Chiefs of Sakuuba village and Kumbungu District

The beginning of our collaboration


Mr Umar Mohammed, community leader in Kumbungu and Tamale District invites Mr Alain to join him in his efforts to improve life conditions for the women of Dipaliya

First grinder and mill purchased


Saved production costs and increased spending income for the women substantially

Building our first Shea butter processing centre


Unfortunately the building collapsed during a heavy storm. Started campaign for a new centre

First contract for export


Established a memorandum of understanding and production contract with The Savannah Fruits Company

International contracts expanded


Larger production contracts for the international markets

Crowd funding for a new centre


Started the Buy-A-Brick campaign, raised EUR250k for building a new centre

Preparing and planning building of our new centre


Purchased land, made a building plan, selected Dayshena for building the facility

Registration as a Women's Cooperative


Dipaliya women group officially registered as a Women's Cooperative

A giant leap forward


Built the largest centre in Ghana for Shea butter handcraft, and exported our first container as Dipaliya

Official opening of the centre


With The District Chief Executive of the Kumbungu District, Hon. Abdul Salam Hamza Abdul Fatawu, Chiefs of Saakuba, Zangbalung, Dalun, Yipeligu, Wuba, Faandu and Yaring, and 15 Youth Chiefs from Kumbungu and Tamale

Production of first container


A sponsor pre-funded purchase of the Shea nuts, production, transport and refining of the Sheabutter for us to enter the international markets directly

Arrival of our container in Europe


2 weeks after our Shea butter was ready for sale to cosmetics companies, COVID broke out

COVID lockdown


Our Shea butter centre has not been in production for the whole year due to COVID lockdowns

Pressure from COVID lockdowns


Growing social and economical pressure on our communities due to continuation of COVID lockdowns

Initiating Dipaliya Community Investment Fund


Fund to invests in facilities for Shea butter making and setting up the Dipaliya organic community farm

New partnerships and a new start


Partnered with Workground as sister community and reopening the centre for production


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Dipaliya Community Investment Fund

The Ghana-registered Dipaliya Community Investment Fund uses sales revenues from Shea butter for improving production, upcycling production waste and implementation of organic community farming. Together, the projects below help creating life conditions for a sustainable local economy.

Project I

Upcyle Shea production waste into biofuel

What are you doing with your production waste?

Currently nothing, it is piling up on our land


Reduction of production waste, less trees used for fire-wood and cost-saving of 5-10% in purchasing of fire-wood


Buy machines for processing the waste into fire briquettes and build a facility to house the machines and the fire briquettes



Project II

Register and organize Dipaliya organic community farming cooperative

Why are you not helping your neighbours anymore?

It's because of the chemicals


We want to replace chemical farming with traditional knowledge and skills for organic farming, which also increases social cohesion within our communities


Registering as a farmers cooperative, organizing land for demonstration plot, training farmers in organic farming, and working as a collective on the land



Project III

Produce our own organic pesticides

What do you need to make your own organic pesticides?

A machine and a building to process Neem seeds into organic pesticides


The chemicals are killing our lands, communities and people. We want our next generations to be able to live off the land in a healthy and sustainable way


Purchase of a Neem press machine and build a facility to house the machine, raw materials and end product



Project IV

Farmers cooperative

What would you do to preserve the land?

By using our self-made organic fertilizers


To create a healthy soil that lasts for generations. We want to preserve our lands, enabling next generations to have a sustainable future in the rural areas where they are born


Registering and organizing the cooperative. starting with a demonstration plot. Implementing a regional master-apprentice learning program



Project V

Facility for organic fertilizers

Why do you want to make your own organic fertilizers?

The imported chemicals although cheaper, are harming our soil.


To create a healthy soil that lasts for generations. We want to preserve our lands, enabling next generations to have a sustainable future in the rural areas where they are born


Purchase and installation of the facility and building a construction for processing and storage