Leap into Life – activities and progress in the Dipaliya Meshwork

Dear friends of Dipaliya,

This month or early next month we expect to hear from Tallberg about our nomination for the Tallberg Global Leadership Prize 2015. Meanwhile we like to give an update on our progress.

In Tamale, Ghana, over 300 women are making Sheabutter now. Our orders are increasing and we are involving 100 more women in the production. 50 other women are collecting the Sheanuts for the butter. Another 100 women are collecting Neem seeds. They can bring the seeds every day to our office and receive direct payment for every Kilogram they are bringing.

Collecting Sheanuts 01Sanatuu collecting Sheanuts 01

The grinding mill for the Sheanuts is operational. This saves the women about 60% in costs. Building of the Sheabutter centers in Tamale and Saakuba continues. Umar and Alain are using their personal resources and creativity to finance construction.

We have planted mais and beans for organic farming. Local farmers are helping us and learn how to use organic fertilizer and pesticides. Locals are asking about organic farming because our fields look much better than those treated with chemicals.

The Community Investment Fund is operational. The account is still empty, but the group bonus for the Sheabutter production will be deposited in the fund.

We are working on a proposal for MTN Foundation (a large telecom company in Africa). MTN might be able support us in a way that aligns with our principles and practice of social entrepreneurship.

Foto Dipaliya Sheaboter 02

In Europe Dipaliya Sheabutter is sold in 3 stores. Together with two local partners we are looking for ways to expand sales in Europe. To find clients for the entrepreneurs program we are building a website and engaging with mid-cap sized company owners in our networks.

The articles and presentation(s) on Leap into Life as a Social Economy System are still under construction. Though still fragile, we are proud to have a working business case instead of a story on ‘how it could be’.

Everything we have achieved until now has been without external funding. We also see that we need more resources to make our next step in maturity. Our objective still is to earn it by entrepreneurship instead of working with loans or subsidized projects.

We would like to thank those who signed our petition for support. Though it is only a signature you gave, the impact in terms of empowerment for the women should not be underestimated. You gave the women hope and strength to overcome their struggle in life.

If you feel like doing more to support us, please contact Alain Volz at alainvolz@atma.nu

Dipaliya - Meshwork and dynamics

When you want to learn more of the principles we are working with as a professional family, you can also connect with Alain.

In gratitude,
Umar Mohammed & Alain Volz

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About Alain B. Volz

Alain Volz M.Sc. (1969) - Social Economy Entrepreneur, founder and director of ATMA - has studied Business Administration and Organizational Psychology. He started his career with Royal Dutch Ahold and has worked with IPMMC and TC&O. For 10 years Alain has been working with Twynstra Gudde Consultants and Managers as senior consultant Human Talent & Change Management. He was responsible for Competency Based Human Talent Management. He is co-founder of the Center for Human Emergence in the Netherlands (CHE), a former member of the CHE alignment circle and founding director of CHE School of Synnervation (currently Synnervate). In 2011 he held the position of partner with the RnR Group in Maarn. Alain is Strategy & Alignment Officer at Dipaliya Women's Association in Tamale, Ghana. In the Netherlands he is board member of the committee for the position of women and minorities in the Dutch Democratic Party (D66 Thema Afdeling V/M Sociale Innovatie). As such he represented D66 in the PVO; a cross party National committee consisting of represents from 6 different political parties (CDA, CU, D66, Groen Links, PvdA, VVD). The office of ATMA is located at the ImpactHub Amsterdam & the ImpactHub Accra.
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