Bulk Shea Production Center (Damongo)
Augustina Dery, a Global Mama since 2010

Augustina came to the town of Damongo from Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo Region with her husband and two daughters looking for work farming. She now has five daughters. Although the older daughters have minimal education, as their previous village did not have a school, her three youngest are in various stages of school in Damongo. Augustina is now a widow and supports her three youngest daughters while helping her two older daughters with their young children whenever her finances make it possible. For Augustina, a typical workday starts as early as five in the morning, when she walks nearly three miles to collect shea nuts in a large bowl, which she carries back to town on her head. Through the Christian Mothers’ Association shea butter production, Augustina is now able to earn a higher than market price for the shea nuts she collects. With her income, Augustina is better able to send her daughters to school, and provide them with proper meals and health care.


Global Mamas partners with the Christian Mothers' Association (CMA) of Damango and Naasakle Ltd. to produce ivory bulk shea butter for export. For the women of Damongo, harvesting shea nuts and producing shea butter is one of the few ways they can help support their families. Through the export of Global Mamas Pure Shea, numerous women are increasing their incomes substantially and receiving more consistent work throughout the year.