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Coconut Sustainability: waste to organic planting pots

Baraka and its partner Ava Virgin Coconut take great care to bring as much sustainability, as little waste and as much impact as possible to their work. This video shows how the traditional coconut industry leaves piles of husks in the growing area, taking land away from food, making an eyesore and providing a breeding ground for snakes.

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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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From the Shea Forest: Picking Shea nuts (seeds)

Shot live in the Shea Forest you can see how the women gather the fallen shea fruit and nuts, the first step in making Baraka Shea Butter. See the women in action, watch the young boys climbing shea trees and shaking the fruit off so the women can pick it.

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Baraka Bolga Baskets in the community

Baraka Bolga Baskets are hand-woven by women’s groups in Ghana’s Upper East region In this video Baraka’s Country Manager, Alfred Akolgo, meets with some of the hard-working women to discuss basket making, life

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Baraka TV: Interview with Amina and Lillian

“Aunty” Amina Yussif has worked with Baraka for over a decade, training and supporting women in communities throughout Ghana’s Upper West Region. A year ago she was joined by Mwintoma Lilian and together they are key members of Baraka’s Ghana team.

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Baraka TV: Kperisi Naa (Chief) Interview

Kperisi Chief, Naa Alhassan Sidiki Bomsi III initially invited Wayne and Baraka to the community to work with the local women’s group to help them develop additional and alternative income generation opportunities. Wayne engage “Aunty” Amina and the relationship that evolved into Baraka Shea Butter began.

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Baraka TV: Alfred Interview

Alfred Akolgo has led Baraka’s Ghana operations since about 2015, working with “Aunty” Amina and recently Mwintoma Lilian as they worked with hard-working women in Ghana’s Upper West Region to produce, package and export Baraka Shea Butter.

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Baraka TV: Zenabo Interview

Zenabo Imoro is one of the leaders of the Kperisi Shea Butter group. In this clip she discusses the care that goes into making Baraka Shea Butter, the long-standing relationship between the hard-working women of northern Ghana

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Shea Butter Lamps light it up

Shea Butter Lamps light it up! Shea Butter has so many traditional uses. Many in northern Ghana have done homework by the light of a shea butter lamp. Shea butter rubbed into locally grown cotton and placed on something

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The Best-Dancer

Joyous dance is part of so many community events. Everyone joins in, including the children. The joy and abandon this young girl dances with is incredible. It will make your face smile and your heart sing.

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Baraka TV Show w-subtitles

We filmed a discussion between Baraka founder Wayne Dunn, women shea butter producers, the community Chief, Baraka’s local team and others. They discuss making shea butter, families, life in northern Ghana, the impact Baraka has on the community and how they enjoy the feedback from people who use Baraka Shea Butter. Watch the full 30 minute film – subtitled in English

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Producer Interview with Zenabo Imoro

A discussion with Zenabo Imoro, one of the leaders of the groups of hard-working women who make Baraka Shea Butter. She discusses how they make Baraka Shea Butter, how they focus on quality and the impact that Baraka’s purchases

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Using everything- Fuel from Shea Butter residue

Using everything. Hand-crafting pure, unrefined shea butter leaves behind residue that is not wasted. The hard-working women that make @Baraka Shea Butter mold this residue into fuel balls that they dry and use for cooking and even sometimes for making their next batch of Shea Butter!

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Using shells from shea nuts for fuel

Nothing is wasted. Preparing Shea Nuts (seeds) for making Shea Butter includes removing the husks. These husks are not just discarded. Watch as @Baraka’s Women’s Development Coordinator @Amina Yusiff explains how the women use the husks for fuel, saving resources and money

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Shea Tree Regeneration and Conservation

Shea Trees grow wild and regenerate naturally. I’m often asked about how many seeds are left behind to regenerate and grow. Most of them are. Research estimate suggest that at least 85% of the Shea Seeds that fall from Shea Trees are unpicked and available to germinate.

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Community Certified Fair Trade Interview

Watch an interview with Zenabu Imoru, a leader of the Kperisi women’s group and the community Chief where they discuss their working relationship with Baraka Shea Butter and the Community Certified Fair-Trade certification they provided. Sub-titled in English.

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