RESEAU « WASSA KARITE »
Mali is one of the African countries with the greatest potential for producing pure Shea Butter because of the tremendous number of Shea trees in that region. Two third of Shea trees in the world grow in Mali.
The production of Shea butter is reserved exclusively for women. This activity represents 80% of the revenues of women living in rural areas, the large majority of which live below poverty level. Confronted with this preoccupying situation, a decisive action in this area could contribute to eradicating poverty in Mali. This would be especially effective in offering women a mode of sustaining themselves financially and facilitating their access to global markets which are much more profitable.
The harvesting, processing and exportation of Shea are an economic hope for Mali, particularly for women in rural areas who play a major role in guaranteeing healthy nutritious food and contributing to the development and stability of their community. This would pave the way for peace and economic justice and there can be no peace without economic justice.
Title I: FORM – DENOMINATION – OBJECT – HEADQUARTERS AND DURATION
Article 1: Form and Classification
It was created in the Republic of Mali in accordance with law No 04 – 038 of August 5, 2004 relating to associations among the members of present statutes an association classified as a non-profit organization « Wassa KARITE ».
Article 2: Social Headquarters
The headquarters of the association is based in Bamako Coura Rue 260 Porte 1117. This headquarters can be transferred to any other location in the Republic of Mali based solely on the decision of the administrative council.
Article 3: Duration
The duration of the association is indefinite. However, it can be dissolved at any time by the decision of the General Assembly or by agreement brought about by the “tutelle” service.
Title II: OBJECTIVE – ORGANIZATION AND COMPOSITION
Article 4: Objective
The association « Wassa KARITE » has as its primary objective to help women materially and financially or groups of rural women who are producers of Shea in order to combat poverty in Mali. It concerns itself among other things with:
- Promoting the significance and value of Shea as a sector
- Bringing economic partners
- Increase the production of Shea
- Improve the quality of the product and its lines to access markets opportunities
In order to attain these objectives, the project intends to bring material and financial support to the women in rural areas who are producing the product.
Article 5: Organization
The vital bodies of the organization are the General Assembly and the Administrative Council.
Article 6: Composition
The administration is composed of the following:
President: Ms. Mariam KONE
Treasurer: Mrs. TRAORE Aminata BA
Communication Officer: Ms. Fatoumata DOUMBIA
Administrative Secretary: Mr. DEMBELE Abdoulaye
Title III: MEMBERSHIPS, RESIGNATION
Article 7: Memberships
The association is open to any persons from the age of 18 and up. Membership is free and voluntary. All people of good morale reputation who are devoted to the cause of promoting economic and social welfare of women in rural areas in Mali and to respect the statute and interior regulation of the association.
Article 8: The new memberships, after obtaining the approval of the association will present a written request addressed to the president of the association who will submit this to the General Assembly who will make a final decision.
Article 9: Membership in the Association cease for any of the following causes:
- By resignation: any member can retire when he so desires by sending a letter of resignation to the President of the Association.
- By exclusion: If a member does not participate in the activities of the Association for six months without a justifiable explanation is excluded.
- By death: A deceased person can be replaced by one of his surviving relative if this person makes a request and fulfills the conditions of memberships.
- If a member does not pay his or her dues
- By dissolution of the Association.
The resignation or exclusion does not give the right of reimbursement for any money to the Association.
Title IV: The General Assembly
Article 10: The General Assembly
The General Assembly is open to any active member of the association. It is the supreme authority of the association. It will convene a least one time per year in the ordinary assembly during which time the president submits a report concerning the activities of the association, the treasurer will give a final report comprised of the past accounts with financial activities and examine other relevant concerns. In addition, a non-scheduled meeting can be called at the request of the president or by other significant members.
Article 11: The Ordinary General Assembly is considered competent:
- To approve the statute of the interior regulation of the Association
- To elect or remove members of the Advisory Council
- To decide about exclusion and resignation
- To mediate important affairs
The ordinary General Assembly can be convened at least 15 days before the assigned date, by setting in place the venue, date, time and the meeting agenda.
Article 12: The Extraordinary General Assembly:
- To decide to modify the statute of the interior regulation
- To announce the decision or the liquidation of assets
A biding decision can not be reached unless two third of the active members at the day of the convocation are present or represented. The decisions of the extraordinary assembly are based on the majority of the two third of the members with respect to any modification of any statute or structure.
A copy of the “verbal” process of each assembly is sent to the concerned authorities and another copy is filed in the archives of the association.
The president of the advisory council presides over the extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly and in case of his/her impeachment, the vice president presides.
TITLE V: ADVISORY COUNCIL
Article 13: The Advisory Council will convene once per month an ordinary session and every time that the interest of the association demands it. The members of the advisory council can have their functions removed from office by the General Assembly. The members of the Advisory council are elected each year from among the members of the association by the ordinary General Assembly. The council will reconvene by the request of the president and is the executive body of the association. He or she represents the administration, the management of the association, and assures that he will watch over the overall management and the execution of decisions of these assemblies. He or she establishes the procedures to intervene as an arbitrator between the association and public or private partners in all matters concerning finances.
Article 14: The meetings of the Advisory council are not public but it can obtain a consultative title for particular questions within its realm of competence.
Article 15: The advisory council can not make a decision unless the simple majority of members are present. The decisions of the Advisory Council are noted by verbal process signed by the president and the secretary of the session.
Article 16: The president of the Advisory Council
The president represents and engages judicially the association as regards to the “tiers” in all acts of civil life. He or she oversees the routine functions of the association to be sure that they conform to the statute of the interior regulation. He or she can delegate his power to a member of the advisory council. He presides over the meetings of the advisory council and the general assembly. His voice carries the most weight in votes where there is no majority. The office assures the smooth functioning of the association under the control of the council which he prepares meetings.
TITLE VI: DIVERSES MEASURES
Article 17: All disagreement which can not be solved within the association and among members of the association and the tiers will be brought before the competent administrative authority with the purposed of resolving the difficulty amicably before any procedures takes place. Any infraction regarding the law No04-038 of August 5, 2004 is punished according to the penalties established in the penal code.
Article 18: Anything which is not foreseen in this present statute will be the object of an interior regulation thoroughly elaborated in conformity with the establishment of texts.
INTERIOR REGULATION (or Rules of Procedures)
TITLE I : GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1: The present interior regulation has as its goal to assure discipline within the association « WASSA KARITE ».
It completes and defines in a more detailed manner the statutes.
Violation of the interior regulation constitutes an act of lack of compliance and consequently results in exclusion. All members of the Advisory Council are thus required to confirm to its ordinances.
The interior regulation can be established by the Advisory Council which then takes it to the General Assembly. It determines the conditions where the present statute can be applied and is applicable to all the members of the Association who fall under the category of the statute.
TITLE II: THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Article 2: The General Assembly is the decision making body. It deals with the problems of the association.
It elects and expels members of the Advisory Council.
TITLE III: THE ADVISORY COUNCIL (AC)
Article 3: The AC must be in constant communication with all the members and must provide them with all relevant information on a constant basis.
Article 4: The members of the AC are elected for two years. In the case of resignation or some other occurrences, the AC is reduced by half. The AC will convene an extraordinary session to replace the members who have been dismissed or who have left.
Article 5: The Advisory Council assures and directs the activities of the association taking into account the resolutions made by the General Assembly. The members of the Advisory Council are responsible to the association.
TITLE IV: RESOURCES OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 6: The following are the sources of the association’s resources:
- Members dues and rights;
- Donations or Gifts;
- All other resources authorized by the legislative documents or regulations deemed acceptable but the association.
Article 7: The membership dues are monthly and it amounts to 5,000 FCA. The membership cards are annual and have a fix amount of 10,000 CFA. Memberships fees are payable by the members in the month of their registration and then at the end of every month.
TITLE V: ATTRIBUTIONS of the MEMBERS OF the EXECUTIVE BOARDS
Article 8: The President
He is the first person in charge of the association. He directs the activities and represents the co-operation in any circumstance and any place even in justice. He chairs all the meetings of CA and the General Assembly, oversees to the correct application of all the decisions taken in accordance with the law n°. He or she organizes and chairs all the sessions of the General Assembly.
The President is the director of the budget and consequently, he/she jointly signs the accounting documents with the treasurer.
The president can delegate some of his capacities to the Vice President. All the correspondences are addressed to him/her.
Article 8: The Vice President
He or she replaces the President in the event of the president’s absence. He is also charged to supervise the activities of the other members of the Executive Board of directors and report for this purpose.
Article 9: The General Treasurer
He is the cashier of the association and centralizes all the gifts and is personally responsible. He carries out all the regular expenditure decided by the General Assembly or requested by the president.
The Treasurer is charged with:
- The management of the funds of the association;
- The establishment of the annual financial statements for submission to the CA;
- The act of Keeping of the bank accounts and cash books;
- Supply of all the supporting documents to any requisition of the General Assembly.
Article 10: The Deputy General Treasurer
He assists the General Treasurer and replaces him in the event of difficulty. However, he is not authorized to make financial transactions.
Article 11: The Communications Officer
He ensures the relations between association and the international organizations and institutions, and the donors as well as benefactors.
He establishes with the approval of CA any contact useful for the promotion and the strengthening of the association. He is the permanent liaison between the association and its members residing internationally outside of Bamako. He must also publicize the association through of media and press or through any other suitable media means. He directs the publications of association.
Article 12: The Administrative Secretary
The administrative Secretary must serve and conducts the administrative tasks. He or she is responsible for the convening and the drafting of the statements of the General Assembly and the Executive Boards. He is responsible for keeping the archives as well as maintaining the files of the members of the Association.
TITLE V: SPECIFIC MEASURES WITH CA
Article 13: The functions of Administrators are not compensated. However, the refunding of the special expenditures occasionally caused by functions and duly justified will be anticipated in the budget.
Article 14: The members of the CA are elected for two (2) years and are re-elected and revocable by the General meeting.
TITLE VI: MEMBERS – ADHESION – RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
Article 15: The membership with the association implies the acceptance of all the provisions of the statutes and interior regulation.
Article 16: Any member of association is voter and eligible. He has the right to be informed constantly on all the questions concerning the activities and the internal functioning of the association.
Article 17: Any member of association has the duty to actively participate in the activities of association, to be in possession of his membership card and to pay his contribution regularly.
Article 18: Any member of association responsible for distortion to the principles will be liable to sanctions. The sanctions retained by the General Assembly are according to the gravity of the fault:
- The warning;
- The blame;
- The exclusion;
- The fine whose amount is fixed by the General Assembly.
TITTLE VII: DISSOLUTION AND LIQUIDATION
Article 21: To pronounce the voluntary dissolution of the Association, the majority of the active members must be present, the deliberating assembly then in the majority on two thirds on the votes cast.
The assets of the association will be devoted for other similar associations to be indicated by the General Assembly.
TITLE VIII: FINAL PROVISIONS
Article 22: This present interior regulations (or rules of procedures) are perfectible. It can be modified or repealed only by the extraordinary General Assembly.
All modifications must be subjected to the approval of the General Assembly by the EB (Executive Board) or by any other member of the association.
Read and approved in General Assembly constitutive convened on May 2, 2009 at 4 p.m. at the Association’s Headquarters.