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US Company supports shea nut processors

2010-07-22 00:40:20
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A Florida based bath and beauty product company, Coastal Scents, in collaboration with Sekaf Ghana Limited and Kimoyo has sponsored a Health Insurance Project to register and pay annually the National Health Insurance Levy for over 1500 shea nuts pickers and processors in twelve communities in the Northern Region at a cost of GH¢ 18,300.

The twelve communities benefiting from the project are involved in the Sekaf Shea Butter Village projects in the region and include, kasalgu, Nangbagu 1, Nangbagu 2, Garinzegu, Jusonayili, Gumu, Wayamba, Kuli, Kasuyili, Kagbal, Sinsinal and Warenvi.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the Coastal Scents Health
Insurance Project (CSHIP) at Kasalgu, a suburb of the Tamale metropolis, last Friday, the Managing Director of Sekaf Ghana limited, Mr. Senyo Kpelly in his welcome address noted and said that ‘‘this scheme will provide easy access to routine medical checkups and health care to the women of the Sekaf Shea Butter Village’’.

He continued that this initiative is to address the problem of unfair distribution of total benefits that the raw shea nuts accumulate as it changes hands from rural pickers to modern sophisticated
manufacturers of cosmetics and food items.

Mr. Senyo Kpelly narrated that Coastal Scents is a long time importer of Sekaf premium grade shea butter and shea products. He said coastal Scents’ initiative is a bid to show their appreciation to the communities that supply them with their premium grade shea butter and products.

He explained that the CSHIP project came following the Sekaf fair trade policy ‘‘this policy allow us to sell our materials and finished products mainly to business organizations prepared to plough back some of their profit in the rural communities that supply them with raw materials to raise their standard of living’’.

On his part the Tamale metro NHIS manager, Mr. Mohammed Abdul Salam commended Coastal scents for the tremendous and brilliant initiative to salvage the lot of rural poor women in the said
selected communities.

He maintained that this intervention would go a very long way to assist government in registering the overall population, especially women of Ghana, under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

He also made a passionate appeal to organisations, NGOs
and other stakeholders to emulate the initiative of Coastal Scents to help address one of the goals of the much talked of MDGs by 2015.

Like Oliver twist Mr. Salam further called on Coastal Scents to extend their philanthropic gesture ‘‘to educating the brilliant but needy children in some of the rural communities’’.

The chief of Kasalgu, Kasallana Ziblim Sandow in his thank you message thanked the Sekaf organisation for the good works done in the community.

He said the intervention of Costal Scents came at the right time ‘‘especially at a time the malaria pandemic has shown it ugly face’’. He furthermore thanked the gods for the existence of Coastal Scents and asked of blessing to expand their business activities.

Source: ghanadistricts.com

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