of the Shea Project include over one thousand members
of women's farming groups in Lira district, northern
Uganda, where annual household incomes are commonly
less than US $200. Women's groups in the project area
average about 35 members, and typically consist of women
from nearly all the households in a village or parish.
In northern Uganda, local women's groups are often the
most important community institution, bringing about
local development through collective action.