A shea butter company, Kaiama Shea, is set to empower 500,000 women for the prospective planting of one million Shea butter trees in Kwara state.
The Chairman of the Company, Mr. Temitope Amujo, made this known recently in an interview with journalists in Ilorin.
Amujo said that the State Government, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), had supplied the enabling environment for the commencement of the company in the State.
“We launched the Save-the-Shea campaign with the sole mandate of planting 100,000 Shea trees, empower 500,000 rural women in communities and achieve zero poverty in the state.
According to him, “We recently discovered that Shea tree is one of the endangered species that is seriously affected by deforestation activities because of its high quality for charcoal production.”
“Our major target now is to discourage cutting of Shea trees for charcoal production, plant new trees and establish another Shea hub.’’ He added
The chairman stressed that the major aim of the project was to create a minimum of 300 local jobs and draw the attention of foreign investors in Shea value chain development in the State.
He noted that about N30 million has been pumped into the company — N12 million in grant, N10 million sourced from private investment and N8 million in liability.