SNV has been providing technical support to the shea value chain in Mali for over seven years, enabling increased income for women's organisations - such as the Dioïla Shea Producers Union and the Agricultural Product Processors Union of Koulikoro - involved in the shea market. SNV's support has strengthened the strategic positioning of the groups in the domestic market and helped them win recognition as manufacturers and processors in the wider African market. More than 11,995 women - or 65.17% of the membership of the country's 14 unions of producers - have benefited from capacity building support through the Koulikoro Rural Economic Development Programme (DERK). The programme has enabled improvements in organisational development, access to credit, on-the-job capacity building support, diversification, improvement and marketing of products and access to market opportunities. Shea butter producers supported by SNV Mali have improved their incomes by up to €67 per annum, against €18 in other unions
SNV Mali assistance to the Ministry of Health has enabled local authorities understand the laws, texts, rules and policies governing the health system in Mali and know their role and responsibilities in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the decentralisation context.