Our Local Partners
A large part of Joavina Organics’ community is the brave African women who produce the 100 % luxurious raw and unscented Shea Butter.
We are working with our partners on the ground, where we are planning several initiatives that will impact the community.
By increasing women’s income and minimizing harmful exposures, we are helping to eliminate hunger, providing decent working conditions, promoting economic growth, and fostering partnerships that elevate and promote the dignity of all partners.
Through Joavina Organics Foundation, we are aiming to improve the livelihood of women Shea collectors and processors in Togo/Ghana, West Africa and while protecting the Shea eco-system.
Mme Lalpoua Lare
Lalpoua is a hard-working married woman with six children. She sells food products at the local market of Margba. She is dreaming of becoming a professional seller of food products and Shea Butter. She loves using Shea Butter for all her Kids because it protects the Skin against the Sun and reduces Inflammation.
Mme Kouya Sakpaan
Kouya is also a hard-working housewife and a rice farmer with nine children. She wants to be able to acquire large farmland for rice and other food products farming. Producing Shea Butter is her passion as she is used to it since birth. She also has been using Shea Butter for herself and especially for all her Children. She loves it because it helped her a lot during her pregnancy to avoid stretch marks. She also uses it as an under-eye wrinkle remover and as a bag-reducer.
Mme Mobiline Nanangue
Mobiline is married with 3 children. She is a housewife and wants to devote her time to specialize herself in Shea Butter production. Mobiline uses Shea Butter mostly for her face and body as a natural moisturizer. For her children, it helps to reduce skin inflammation.
Mme Aicha Madja
Aicha is a hairdresser and has one child. She would like to own her hair salon business and employ many girls of the locality. Aicha grew up knowing nothing but how to use Shea Butter since childhood. She uses it to cook, to cream her body, and for her child.
Gani is a vibrant young girl. She stopped going to school due to the lack of funding. She wants to become a traditional weaver. She doesn’t know any other body cream apart from Shea Butter.
Tilatidja is a fun boy who loves to play football. He is in 4th grade. He intends to continue his education and work in the medical field. Tilatidja also grew up knowing no other cream apart from Shea Butter. He just doesn’t like the shining face after using it.
What is Shea Butter?
The Shea Tree is known as Vitellaria Paradoxa and grows naturally in the dry Savannah belt of West Africa from Senegal in the West to Sudan in the East and onto the foothills of the Ethiopian Highlands. The Shea Tree has an edible fruit-bearing life span of 15-20 years.
The Shea fruit matures into the Shea nut which has the Shea kernel within it. The kernel is the source of the Shea Butter that is extracted through laborious several hours of processing, over 22 steps, to produce 1 kg of the butter. It is usually done by women of the locality in a traditional manner to get the best and grade A Shea Butter.
Shea Butter Processing
- Collection of nut fruits
- Remove the pulp around the shell
- Boil the nuts and dry under the sun
- Hand-sorted the black nuts to avoid impurities
- Wash the kernels to remove dirt and dry
- Crush the nuts with a mill
- Roast the crushed nuts on fire
- Roasted nuts are grounded to a thick brown paste
- The pasted nut needs to be beaten until changing to a lighter color
- The Shea Butter will rise to the top of the bowl
- The Shea Butter will be boiled down to an oil
- Leave the oil to solidify into the final product of consumable Shea Butter that is edible or used in cosmetics
Shea Butter Benefits
Shea Butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries in Africa to improve skin and hair. Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids, combined with its easy-to-spread consistency makes it a great product for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your skin. It also has a long history of medicinal use, such as wound care. Safe for all skin types –
Moisturizing – Won’t make your skin oily – Anti-inflammatory – Antioxidant – Antibacterial – Antifungal – May help prevent acne – Helps boost collagen production –
Helps promote cell regeneration – May help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring – May help reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – Offers added sun protection – May help prevent hair breakage – May help treat dandruff –
May help soothe conditions like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis – May help soothe sunburn and other skin burns – May help soothe insect bites – Can help promote wound healing – May help relieve arthritis pain – May help soothe muscle soreness – May help relieve congestion.