Jatropha - reducing the burden on rural women

Traditionally in southern and western Mali, as in much of the developing world, it is women who are responsible for processing agricultural products from their raw state as they are brought from the fields into a form which is edible (or usable). This often involves backbreaking physical work pounding grain. Many hours of a woman’s day are spent in this activity. Processing of karite (shea nuts) is a similarly arduous time consuming task, involving removing the shells, heating, crushing, and kneading. This produces karite butter is used for cooking, making soap, medicinal purpose or skin cream. Much of this hard work can be done quickly and efficiently using a jatropha multi-task platform. This frees up many hours per day, which can be spent more productively looking after children, involved in education or even making some small income generating activity which can supplement the households revenues.

Traditional preparation of grain foodstuffs involves long hours spend pounding (left); a jatropha platform can do the work fast and at a price attractive to rural women (right). Please click on images for larger resolution.