Baraka worked with Shea Butter Market to support in-country development volunteers Greg Horne and Fabienne Calvert Filteau to spend several months in Tapko Village (a remote village about one hour from Kperisi Village). While there they undertook several projects.
For the most part their projects and work were financed through funds they raised. Our team provided support, guidance, and some logistics. They deserve the credit for the success.
Greg and Fabienne were professional tree-planters from Canada, raised money and developed a tree planting project, planting Cassia trees at the banks of the village dam and around the homes of members of the Tapko Widow’s Group.
Cassia trees are used for firewood and planting them where they did ensures that they are accessible. Acacia makes good charcoal, which can be sold in markets to earn the women extra income. Planting them also helps to prevent deforestation as it displaces the need to cut shea and other trees for firewood and charcoal.