Five years ago, Coastal Scents launched a special partnership with the Sekaf Shea Butter Village in Kasalgu, which is a small African village nestled near Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana, in West Africa. The Sekaf Shea Butter Village produces extremely high-quality, all natural skin care products by the women of the Nuna Village Cooperative. Established in 2008, by a team of dedicated and hardworking American volunteers, this special cooperative project was launched to provide rural Ghanaian women an opportunity to generate substantial family income, send their children to school (in lieu of working in the fields), enhance their self-reliance through employment, and live with dignity by investing in their family’s futures.
Project Ghana works diligently to market these products and supply fair wages, while providing important income opportunities to both the women and their families who have very few alternatives. Through this special partnership, Coastal Scents has sponsored an annual health insurance program providing over 1,500 women with paid National Health Insurance premiums.
Fair Trade farming of the shea butter and other all natural products, produced by the Sekaf Shea Butter Village, helps family farmers and the shea butter producers gain direct access to international markets. In addition, they receive fair prices for products traded, which ensures traditional artisan quality without cost-cutting methods that would compromise the caliber of the natural product.
In accordance with the guidelines of Fair Trade, the manufacturer of our shea butter pays higher prices for this product by providing the women of the northern region of Ghanaian societies with interest-free loans, credit facilities, training in packaging, labeling, and quality control services and thus justifies the higher price. When purchasing Fair Trade shea butter and other natural products from Project Ghana, you enable the Tamale and Wa women that work hard to invest in their families, communities, and environment.
Shea butter is extracted from Shea nuts, produced by the Shea tree (Karite), which is known for its exquisite moisturizing properties. The rich, creamy texture and high content of non-saponifiable fats (Vitamin F) in the shea butter make it an ideal moisturizer, which has been known to help to assist with aging skin, eczema, dryness, and relief from skin irritation. Shea butter may also be used on the hair, as it has been known to help to moisturize dry scalps and may even stimulate healthy hair growth.
For centuries Ghanaians have used black soap, as it has been known that it may help to relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes, and may soothe various other skin issues. African black soap has also been used to achieve beautiful skin and hair. It's excellent for removing makeup and may help to prevent premature aging and facial lines. Black soap leaves your skin soft, clear and with a fresh glow. Hand-pressed by the village women, this 100% natural soap contains no scents, preservatives, or chemicals.
Project Ghana and Coastal Scents are very proud to produce these natural products and share in a special partnership to better the lives of the women and families of Ghana. When you shop our Project Ghana products, you can feel confident as a consumer that you are contributing to the livelihood and betterment of the Ghanaian village women and their families.