TRI Ghana

Facts:
  • Population: 23.8m
  • Population below the Poverty Line: 28.5%
  • Literacy: 57.9%
  • Life expectancy: 59 years.  Rated 184/224 globally
  • HIV/Aids: 1.9%
  • Average Daily Wage: $4.1USD  or £2.50GBP
  • Unemployment rate: 11%
 
Climate:         
Tropical; warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north
 
Terrain:            
Mostly low plains
 
Background:
Ghana became the 1st sub-Saharan nation to gain independence from European colonial rule in 1957.  It endured a long series of coups before Jerry Rawlings took power in 1981 banning political parties.  By 1991 a new constitution was agreed. Rawlings won the presidential elections in 1992 and 1996, but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000.  John Kufuor succeeded him and was re-elected in 2004.  John Atta Mills was elected President in early 2009.
 
Where We Work:
TRI is working in the Builsa District of the Upper Eastern Region.  The main town is Sandema.
[map of Ghana showing Sandema and Upper Eastern Region] 
 
TRI History:
In early 2008 a small group of community leaders of the Builsa District were discussing what could be done to bring employment and sustainability to the area.  As they sat talking they saw many women carrying pales, buckets and sacks of Shea Nuts to market.  Some had walked 2-3 hours from their village.
 
The Community Leaders hit upon the idea of helping to form a village network of women which would pick-up the nuts from collection points in the villages and then transport the sacks to Tema for sale.  Shortly after this discussion they came into contact with Trev Gregory.  He thought the idea was great as it catalysed his thoughts of the need for ‘home-grown’ solutions to sustainability and poverty not imposed Western solutions.  So, Trade Right International was born.
 
TRI Shea Nut Operation:
TRI Operation
 
About Shea Nut