Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana

September 16, 2009 at 21:02 5 comments

One new discovery for us this summer has been shea butter. We’d had several products before that used shea, but we had not had pure shea butter before.

IMG_0825We stock 4 lines of shea butter – unscented, vanilla, rosemary and lavender. The scent is derived from essential oils; except for this it is 100% Natural Unrefined Shea Butter. Packaged in calabash gourd with raffia tie close. Purely natural! No chemicals. No preservatives. No color additives. You can buy these 4 shea butters in our online store.

We get the shea butter (the collection is called Slippery Slope Shea Butter) from our friends at Global Mamas; the producer is Ele Agbe Company Limited.

In 1996, Ms. Comfort Akorfa Adjahoe founded Ele Agbe Company Limited with the hopes of providing both quality handmade goods and a decent, supportive employment opportunity for many Ghanaians. While the company also trades jewelry, beads, and home décor items, it also produces the 100% shea body butter and shea soaps that form the core of Global Mamas Trunk Scrub and Slippery Slope product lines.

Through its partnership with Global Mamas, Comfort’s business is able to broaden its access to international markets, increase production, and further its positive effect on the lives of over 50 Ghanaians between operations in Teshie-Nungua and shea butter production Northern Ghana. Producers of Trunk Scrub and Slippery Slope receive a living wage, thorough training, medical coverage, equal treatment in the workplace, and meals during the workday. Comfort also provides training programs for under-educated youth in Accra.

Ele Agbe means ‘God is alive’ in the language of the Ewe people of Ghana’s Volta Region.

You can read more “wiki’ information about shea butter here.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fatoumata MILLOGO  |  November 26, 2009 at 07:47

    I am a predoctorate student in Microfinance in a Belgium university and i am doing a research on how to strengthen the supply chain of shea butter in ghana by using information technology and microfinance. i would like to know if it was possible to do my internship in your company
    the coming summer for a period of two months minimum in order to find a solution to the situation and hoping to also be beneficial for you in improving your business operations.

    Hoping to hearing from you soon and a positive answer.

    Kind regards,
    Fatoumata
    phone: 0032 47 007 32 51

    Reply
  • 2. globalfayre  |  December 26, 2009 at 17:14

    Sounds like a great project!
    I think you would be better contacting wholesalers/importers of shea butter.
    Try the Fair Trade Federation for contacts: http://www.fairtradefederation.org

    Reply
  • 3. Farzana  |  May 12, 2010 at 10:11

    Hi,

    Can you please tell me how much is the wage of Shea collector?

    Pls help.

    Farzana

    Reply
    • 4. globalfayre  |  May 13, 2010 at 21:06

      Hi Farzana
      Sorry – we don’t that information as we don’t deal with the shea workers directly.
      We get the shea butter from Global Mamas; you might want to ask them the same question. (http://globalmamas.org/)

      Reply
  • 5. Farzana  |  May 12, 2010 at 10:12

    Hi,

    Can you please tell me how much is the wage of Shea collector? I need for a research

    Pls help.

    Farzana

    Reply

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