This profile was prepared when Marcelline Ouédraogo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Marcelline Ouédraogo has transformed karite processing and made it into a substantial industry run by women, from production to marketing of a wide range of consumer products. She has grown this undertaking from existing women's cooperative organizations and is consciously building an enterprise that is democratic and cooperative-one that is as concerned with raising the status of women as it is with generating profits. In addition, Marcelline is working with a local research institute to develop a new hybrid of the karite tree that will bear fruit at a much faster rate.