EMPOWERING WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD

MEET OUR COMMUNITY TRADE PARTNERS WORKING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES WORLDWIDE.

Since our founder Anita Roddick began our first Trade Not Aid partnership in 1987, we’ve been sustainably sourcing ingredients and accessories from around the world, supporting the communities that provide them. Our partners give back with social projects, scholarship programmes and fair, equal treatment that supports the women they employ. Meet a few of them here…

TUNGTEIYA WOMEN’S SHEA BUTTER ASSOCIATION, GHANA

We’ve been sustainably sourcing our Community Trade shea butter since 1994. Working with the Tungteiya Women’s Association in northern Ghana, every year 640 women from 11 villages handcraft 390 tons of shea butter for us using an 18-stage process. This process has been passed from mother to daughter for generations. Using traditional techniques to ensure the highest product quality, each woman takes two days to produce our shea in 25kg batches expertly.

We now help empower these Ghanaian women by helping them achieve an independent income. As well as paying a fair price for the shea they produce we also pay a premium, which helps fund community projects. These community projects positively impact the lives of 49,000 people across the 11 villages. Our support helps seven schools educate 1,200 students. We can also help the community get access to safe water and health care.



WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT SHEA BUTTER?

With its thick, rich texture and high fat content, shea butter offers an intensely nourishing experience. And no one knows more about nourishing properties of shea butter than Ghanaian women who have been using it to protect their face, body, hair and lips from harsh conditions for generations.

When our founder, Dame Anita Roddick visited Ghana in 1992, she knew she’d happen upon something special: the women who treasure the nourishing effects of shea butter. They put the she in the shea, and they introduced us to this much-loved beauty secret.

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