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This is the fourth in a five-part series of my visit with the Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development and the projects they support in southern Ghana.Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

The Abooman  Women’s Group in southern Ghana, "started off as a mixed group," of women and men, says Fatima Addy, the Group’s leader.  But today the group consists mainly of women working together to help one another. And says Fatima, "the women’s group performs better than the men’s group" by getting higher incomes from their products, especially in the off season.

The Abooman women have worked with the Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ECASARD)  and Heifer International to learn how to raise and care for dairy cows, make yoghurt, and pasteurize for milk for sale to the local community and for sale to schools. Some of the women also raise bees.

"Change is coming gradually," says Fatima, "and it takes time to build up where you can safely say you can earn an income."  And while the market for milk products in the community is growing, the women still have some challenges. They talked about the need for a better storage and processing facility and a freezer, as well better storage for the feed for their cows.

Fatima says that they’re "putting all our effort into making the groups sustainable" to not  only find ways to improve their production and incomes, but also help them face the "challenges they face from men trying to prove us wrong." Credit, for example, has been for men, not to women. As the women become better organize, however, they’re becoming more successful farmers and business women.

Stay tuned for more about ECASARD’s work with grasscutter and rabbit farmers.

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Originally posted to BorderJumpers on Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 07:27 AM PDT.

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    by BorderJumpers on Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 07:27:13 AM PDT

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    When drilling water wells in Ghana we found it was much better to teach the women how to repair pumps, check water quality, etc.  We found that empowering the folks most impressed by clean, available water, and the ones most impacted by its loss, that wells remained operational for much longer time periods than when left to the elders council to assign repairs to the men.

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    by Arsenic on Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 10:23:17 AM PDT

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