According to the business models, the communities chose to invest in the production and marketing of Njansa (Ricinodendron heulotii), and Bush Mango (Irvingia gaboneses). These products have been chosen because they are abundant in the forest and it’s a familiar activity within these communities.
After all calculations were done, the community selected possible projects which they intend to carry out with the proceeds accrued from the above enterprise. Such projects included; constructing more classes for the lone primary school in Itali, hire PTA teachers, provide boreholes to 3 villages, construct a First-Aid Post and modern ovens for cocoa, protect identified water sources and donate pesticides to farmers.
The women’s leader was equally happy. She promised to rally the women of Itali and engage the other women leaders of the other villages to take the project seriously. She said the possibility of having a first aid post in the village will be a dream come true especially for woman and children.
The models developed recently, serves as a condition sine qua non to obtaining funding for the Dryad project. According to the guiding principles of the Dryad project, business models should be profitable, sustainable with social, economic and environmental benefits on communities.
It is within this framework that the management and community members of the CF developed business proposals on the production and sales of bush mango and njansa on a large scale.
By: Sheron Endah