We support more than 60 well organized women cooperatives in Burkina Faso in West Africa, delivering 10 natural cosmetic oils from climate strong trees in the southern Sahara. The oils are unrefined, and some come with Ecocert, the French certificate of ecologic cosmetics. The women have a strong working community as well as ownership of the trees. In this way, they gain their own income empowering them in their culturally patriarchal communities.
Traditionally the handicraft of oil production is inherited in the families of the women. Shea nuts have historically been used for different purposes, and the escalating demand from the western world has resulted in a wide range of developmental projects focusing on production of shea butter and education of women in hygiene, reduced firewood and water consumption, and how to secure the cleanest product.