Village Market Walkthrough

Market days in rural Ghanaian villages are always interesting.   Women and traders come from all over with their wares.  What they’ve grown, what they’ve made, traditional medicines and crafts and more. Market days are even more interesting when you have someone local who can tell you what things are, what they are for and how they are used. Follow along… [read more]

Making Black Soap

Black Soap is an incredible product that is just starting to be known and used in North America Ghanaian women have been making black soap with shea butter for generations.  Taught by their mothers and grandmothers as they were growing up, Ghanaian women make and use black soap. Follow along in this video as we interview Amina Yussif and she… [read more]

Girls playing football (very well)

I love the wild abandon and joy of kids playing.  It is universal and always brings a smile to my face and lightness to my heart. You don’t need a formal team and field.  Watch these kids play football (soccer) on bare dirt with a ball made with tape and whatever they can find. And, notice all the girls playing… [read more]

Driving the Streets of Wa

Come with us as we drive through Wa, the Capital of Ghana’s Upper West Region   Many have asked for more information about the communities so come along as we drive across Wa and hear Alfred Akolgo describe what we are seeing and passing through   #KnowAboutShea – a series of informational posts about shea butter and the women, families… [read more]

Making a Mortar and Pestle

An elder hand-making a pestle for use in a large mortar and pestle. A lot of work. Amazing craftsmanship passed down through generations. A mortar and pestle is used extensively in cooking and processing in Shea Forest communities. In fact, the traditional way to make shea butter involved crushing the seeds in a large mortar and pestle and then grinding… [read more]

Welcome Dance

I love the energy that the women bring to work, meetings and life. The joy and abandon of the dancing and celebrating is contagious. Watch as the women who make Baraka Shea Butter dance to open a meeting and see the women using traditional instruments to support them. Turn up the sound and listen as Amina Yussif explains the Welcome… [read more]

Asungtaaba Basket Group Sharing Fund

Women self-organize into work and support groups at the community level throughout northern Ghana and, indeed, in many other areas of the world. These groups fulfill important social, economic and community functions and have evolved a way or working, organizing and collaborating over generations. Unfortunately, they are too often ‘improved’ by well-meaning outsiders and formal structures and procedures put in… [read more]

Tabiasu Women’s Enterprise Centre

A live walkthrough of the Tabiasu Women’s Enterprise Centre with Alfred Akolgo, Baraka’s Country Manager. You can see the women using the facility for the preparation of Shea Nuts (seeds) as we discuss the centre, why we built it, how it will be used and the impact it is already having.

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