1. Akoma Skincare Products -http://www.akomaskincare.co.uk
Akoma Skincare works with the Akoma Cooperative Multi purpose Society, located in Bolgatanga, an area in the upper east region of Ghana that is poverty stricken.
Unemployment is high in this area of Ghana. Collecting, processing, and selling shea nuts and shea butter at the Akoma Multipurpose Society is a important source of income for women in the community. The harvest runs from June to October and Akoma produces around 45 Tonnes of shea butter a year. The facility at Akoma can produce upto eight tonnes of shea butter a day. The group however, does not intend to depend just on the production of shea butter which is why they call it a “multi purpose society”, the group hopes to explore other crafts and learn new skills such as dressmaking, soap making and cocoa butter production to grow the co-operative further.
For more detailed information visit the Akoma Cooperative Multipurpose Society’s own website.
2. Marula Products - http://www.marula.org.za/
Marula Natural Products Pty Ltd works closely with communities through Fair Trade values to ensure that company success translates to poverty alleviation and empowerment. Most participants in the marula programme are women, and this opportunity is uniquely suited to the constraints they face making a living.
3.Akua Wood - http://akuawood.co.uk/
Shea butter Cottage is a fair trade, ethical business based in Sonning, Reading (UK).
They offer handmade Ashanti Girl beaded jewellery, Cioccolatina natural toiletries and exotic butters & supplies. We take great pride in sourcing quality ingredients directly from farmers/producers or through community projects.
4. Melvita Shea butter - Burkina Faso http://uk.melvita.com
Melvita products carry the Cosmébio label set by the association of professionals in the ecological and organic beauty sector. This label complies with ECOCERT, the French independent State approved certifying body. MELVITA Shea Butter provides supreme skin protection. Naturally rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, shea butter is theperfect skin emollient to soothe and condition. Our Shea Butter is harvested through a long-standing relationship with a Women’s Cooperative in Burkina Faso on a fair trade basis. Our Shea Butter is extracted naturally without the use of solvents.
Tamu organic skincare products was founded by Afriyie Boateng. Tamu works in partnership with women in her mother’s village in Goaso to ensure they receive a fair wage. To guarantee the purity of their products they only use a high concentration of organic ingredients accredited by the Soil Association and are against animal testing.
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