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United States Co-Invests on Bulk Shea Kernel Purchase to Support Togolese Economy During Pandemic

  • Togo
  • Agriculture

The Challenge:

For the past 17 years, Agbanga Karite Alaffia SARL has worked in rural communities in Togo’s central and savanna regions, providing jobs and skills development in shea kernel processing to women and youth. However, the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the business operations of this Togo-based shea company, delaying its shea kernel purchases.  

Our Solution & Impact:

To support continued sales in the United States and other markets, USAID’s West Africa Trade & Investment Hub will co-invest with Agbanga Karite Alaffia to secure $299,000 worth of shea kernels and other raw materials for the company’s 2021 production of shea butter products. Through this co-investment, made possible by Prosper Africa, the upfront purchase of shea kernels will curtail service disruptions caused by COVID-19 and support the company’s commitment to employing women and youth. 

The funded shea kernel purchase will help preserve the jobs of 303 Togolese workers and create 20 new shea processing positions for women and youth, as well provide income for more than 6,300 shea kernel collectors. Through the USAID-funded shea kernel purchase alone, $2 million worth of shea butter and soaps as raw materials will be exported to the United States by February 2022.

“This partnership with the Trade Hub is a major reinforcement of Alaffia’s economic empowerment in Togo, and it facilitates our initiatives for sustainable development, job creation for women and youth, and improved private sector competitiveness.”

Olowo-n’djo Tchala Alaffia