When visiting our local partner's reforestation project in Ghana, we spent a day with a women’s collective that makes a living off baobab trees. Due to its high vitamin C and potassium content, the baobab fruit is considered a superfood.
By working together, the women can sell larger quantities of the fruit. Most of the women now earn more than their husbands, which helps them pay for their children’s school fees and medical costs.
I was particularly moved by the collective’s sense of solidarity. When someone falls on hard times, the collective helps them get back on their feet. They look after one another’s farms and fix each other’s houses.
“I used to be shy and only talk to my husband,” one member of the baobab collective told us. “Now I have friends across the village.”