Notes from the Field – Madam Rabi – Ghana

Who: Madam Rabi

Madam Rabi


  • Single mother, 4 kids, lived below the poverty line but made shea butter to scrape by
  • Most women in her area could not afford to start a shea butter business, struggled even more and could not send their kids to school


  • Ripples hired Madam Rabi as the team lead to help them start a Shea Butter co-op


  • The co-op grew to 7K women and exports across Africa and Europe
  • Madam Rabi sent all her kids to school; the eldest just graduated and has a job
  • She is a respected community. leader and role model – even meeting with the Ghana VP
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