Shea Butter Processing in Ghana
Sophia Bugrmeh preparing to boil a load of shea nuts in a cauldron at her homestead in the village of Berwong in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The nuts grow wild, and are harvested and processed by hand to produce a butter that is used for cooking as well as on the shin. Though a very labour-intensive process, it is an important source of income for women in the region. Shea nuts that have already been boiled and de-husked can be seen drying on the rooftop in the foreground.