20 Jan '12, 1pm

How SAP's Software Benefits Poor Rural Women In Ghana

How SAP's Software Benefits Poor Rural Women In Ghana

Fatima Abdulai is a wife, mother and the first link in the shea supply chain. The fruit she gathers in the northern Ghana bush is the source of shea butter -- the luxurious ingredient in cosmetics and chocolates. Fatima Abdulai is one of millions of poor rural women who scrape out a living where they find opportunity. In Ghana, the opportunity is the shea nut. In other places, it may be cocoa, cashews, coffee, or hand-made goods. A small loan, efficient technology, and practical advice are the support these women need to help them maximize those opportunities. Shea trees are also valuable to the global environment. They store carbon and reduce erosion that puts dust in the air. Increasing shea's worth will ensure that the shea trees are not displaced by other cash crops which use more natural resources and create GHG emissions. Shea has been an important rural food and med...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/01/20/how-saps-software...

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