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Asungtaaba Basket Group Sharing Fund

[POSTED ON: 11th July 2019]

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

[POSTED ON: 20th June 2019]

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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Baraka Coconut Oil: The Origin Story!

[POSTED ON: 5th June 2019]

Community sourced, fair trade, organic, raw, virgin coconut oil. Direct from Ghana to you. IT’S THE RELATIONSHIP, NOT THE TRANSACTION For years I have been asked why we don’t carry other products. I didn’t really think about it before, but now that we are carrying coconut oil I realize what was holding me back. I didn’t know how to organize… [read more]

A World Environment Day Reminder about Impact Ventures

[POSTED ON: 5th June 2019]

Baraka Shea Butter is featured as an Impact Venture in this World Environment Day article

The world has changed. The path to profitability has shifted and businesses that strategically integrate social value, environmental stewardship and shareholder value are being rewarded. As today is World Environment Day, I’d like to remind you of the value of impact ventures (also known as social enterprises) which successfully align social impact, environmental stewardship and shareholder value – along with operational efficiency.

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Impact Ventures: Featuring Baraka Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 3rd June 2019]

The world has changed. Impact Ventures have a competitive advantage that will continue to grow. Baraka is an Impact Venture that actively helps customer achieve this result. The path to profitability has shifted, rewarding those companies that strategically integrate social value, environmental stewardship and shareholder value in ways that create operational efficiency and competitive advantage. Businesses of all types face… [read more]

Unrefined and Raw Doesn’t Always Mean Pure

[POSTED ON: 7th May 2019]

Know your Shea Butter Better: Words are confusing…

Handcrafted and traditionally made. Those words will lead you to shea butter that has all the natural goodness and maximizes the benefits to the hardworking women who make it. Raw and unrefined can lead you to strange places in the shea butter world.

Did you know that raw and unrefined are often used to describe industrially processed and chemically extracted shea butter?

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Community Impact: A Sustainable Approach

[POSTED ON: 24th April 2019]

All community impact is not created equal. Charity and philanthropy are too often one and done, with minimal sustainable impact. Far better to create sustainable and replicable impact by aligning business, social and environmental impact, and by fostering local ownership and engagement. It is often much easier just to give something, bask in the appreciation and adoration of the recipient… [read more]

Abuja Conversation – Int Women’s Day, 2018

[POSTED ON: 2nd April 2019]

The Better Life for Rural African Women and the United Nations Development Program hosted a major event in Abuja, Nigeria to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018. This documentary discusses the event and key issues,

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Guided Tour of the new Baraka Website

[POSTED ON: 20th March 2019]

We are marching into March with a new website!  So exciting. Thanks to all of you that beta-tested it and thanks to our team who made it happen. It was the encouragement from many of you that led us to totally redoing the website.  So many of you said that our old site just wasn’t telling the story of Baraka… [read more]

More for All | Less for None:

[POSTED ON: 11th February 2019]

The Baraka Way More for all, less for none. You can have your cake, and eat it too. The Baraka value chain creates more value for the hard-working women who make Baraka Shea Butter and uses that to create more value for the amazing crafters who turn it into products that are so valuable for their customers. I’m sitting in… [read more]

2019, a New Year. A New Opportunity?

[POSTED ON: 23rd January 2019]

Making 2019 YOUR YEAR OF OPPORTUNITY

Make 2019 your year of opportunity

How will your 2019 end? 
What is important for you this year?  Personally?  For your business?  For your community?  Why is it important? 
What steps can you take to make your important happen?

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MAKE 2019 YOUR YEAR OF PURPOSE

[POSTED ON: 31st December 2018]

Make 2019 Your Year of Purpose

Let #Purpose drive #profit, #impact, #results and sustainable competitive advantage.  And make your business and work more fun and enjoyable; for you, for your customers and your team.

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IT IS MERRY CHRISTMAS

[POSTED ON: 24th December 2018]

It is Christmas Time. Let’s Celebrate it   Merry Christmas from all of us at the Baraka Shea Butter family.  Happy Holidays too, but, to be honest, I believe in calling holidays by their name and enjoying the celebration with respect, tolerance and inclusion.  So, IT IS MERRY CHRISTMAS On Muslim Holy Days I enjoy being greeted by Eid Mubarak… [read more]

Giving Back: Pragmatic Ideas for Impact

[POSTED ON: 5th December 2018]

“How can I support my community and important causes? My business is small, and I can’t afford to constantly donate.”

Those of us in the handcrafted soap and cosmetics space and other small businesses struggle with this all the time. We believe that businesses of all types and sizes should contribute to the community good.

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DIY Dynamo: Fuller Wallet, Healthier Skin, and Fun too!

[POSTED ON: 21st November 2018]

DIY Dynamo is you? Don’t read further if your wallet is too full, your skin too healthy and you never struggle with what gifts to give. OK, so you want more.  DIY skincare products made with pure, unrefined Baraka Shea Butter can save you money and make your skin and hair super happy.  They are easy and fun to create, make… [read more]

Shea Butter is Doubly Amazing!

[POSTED ON: 18th November 2018]

Shea Butter: Double Down for impact, benefit and more.  Happy, healthy skin AND healthy, happy families! Skin Impact AND Human Impact!  Amazing properties, and so much impact. Unrefined shea butter has amazing skin care properties.  A quick google search will yield all sorts of claims and testimonials about its healing, regenerative and restorative qualities.  A look at some past blogs including… [read more]

The True Meaning of ‘Natural’ … and More!

[POSTED ON: 12th September 2018]

We hear so many terms thrown around the skincare industry, the most popular and ‘trendy’ being NATURAL. But what exactly does it mean, and how regulated are these ‘natural’ skincare products? The term natural is NOT actually regulated, and in fact, can have a multitude of definitions. Both companies and consumers have different standards of what natural means to them and… [read more]

Transparency, Emerging Social Media Issue

[POSTED ON: 29th August 2018]

How authentic and transparent is your brand and your interests? Transparency is becoming a big issue. Important for customers, stakeholders and therefore for business of all types. There is an interesting report in Social Media Today on the Importance of transparency in brand communications on social media. The article resonated with a lot of what I advise and write on in my role… [read more]

Baraka’ing Through Summer

[POSTED ON: 1st August 2018]

Wandering through summer information about our efforts to help our customers sell more, do more and impact more. I’m excited about the impact we (all of us, you too) are having as we build a business and value-chain that has positive impact from the women who make Baraka Shea Butter, those of you who make incredible products with it, and… [read more]

Value Chains that Create Value: Your Purchase Makes a Difference

[POSTED ON: 4th July 2018]

Baraka was founded on the belief that we could organize a business value chain that would create benefit all the way along, from the producers through to our end users, and would do it in a way that would benefit all of us, including the founders and operators of Baraka. I think we are getting there. Not perfect by a… [read more]

I’m Off To Kperisi, Ghana for a Month

[POSTED ON: 6th June 2018]

And I’m off… to Kperisi.   As you are reading this I am just arriving in the community where Baraka Shea Butter is made. And for a bit longer than normal – so be ready for a blizzard of posts and photos…from my hands to your screen…   (OK, not as exciting as getting the Kperisi Women’s amazing Baraka Shea Butter direct… [read more]

Happy New Year from Baraka!

[POSTED ON: 5th January 2015]

I hope that you all had a great Christmas season and that the New Year is off to a wonderful start. I’m hoping for more love, joy and adventure in 2015. As the year starts I am feeling a bit like I am leading a double life so I thought I’d share a bit about my ‘other hat’ with my… [read more]

Customer Question: Are Baraka Baskets “Fair Trade”?

[POSTED ON: 9th December 2014]

Recently, one of our customers contacted us questioning us about our Bolga Baskets and whether they are Fair Trade. Because we thought you might be interested, here is our response…  Hi and thanks so much for your call. I really appreciate it. It always amazes me to see the claims that some make (that only one basket company in Ghana… [read more]

Great time, Great Memories

[POSTED ON: 19th November 2014]

I’m in Ghana’s capital city of Accra today and thinking back to mid-October last year when I was able to take a couple of days and head up to Bolgatanga in Ghana’s Upper East Region and go back out to meet with the basket making groups that I had met in early September.   In September I went out with… [read more]

School supplies for Kperisi

[POSTED ON: 12th November 2014]

Yesterday I was in the Staples Store in Duncan, BC, near where I live and I saw they had a sale on backpacks and pens.  Actually it was a discount bin full of them.   The management at the local Staples has always been really supportive of our efforts to support children and education in Ghana so I approached them… [read more]

Baraka Shea Butter and Ebola

[POSTED ON: 13th October 2014]

First, thank you to everyone who has contacted us with concern for the women, families and communities where Baraka Shea Butter is made. Fortunately, there has NOT yet been a case of Ebola in Ghana. Some have asked about the danger of Ebola and Baraka Shea Butter. There is absolutely ZERO RISK. 1. There are no incidences of Ebola in… [read more]

Have You Heard of The Fair Pages?

[POSTED ON: 1st August 2014]

The Social Online Revolution: Creating a more FAIR world one click at a time!   The Fair Pages is a social search index for social good. We are proud and honoured to be listed in a directory that is a unique user-ranked social search index for conscious consumers and companies, who want to make a FAIR difference for people, animals and the environment…. [read more]

Our Customers are MOST Important!

[POSTED ON: 8th July 2014]

Recently, we came across an article that really underscored how we feel about customer service.  We believe that a successful business is one that serves all ends of the value chain.  From the people and organizations that supply it with goods and services through to the people and organizations that pay it money to get whatever the business is selling…. [read more]

Social Good and Family Life

[POSTED ON: 6th June 2014]

  At Baraka Supplies, we believe in social good. If we all work together, we can help one another and everyone will benefit. In the past month, one of our co-founders at Baraka Supplies, Wayne Dunn has flown 50,000 miles, has crossed 50+ times zones, spent 7 nights on air planes, and worked long hours every day!   BUT all… [read more]

Baraka Buys Bolga Baskets

[POSTED ON: 13th May 2014]

In about 2010 we were approached by a wonderful local business, The Community Farm Store to supply them with Bolga Baskets from Ghana. They were already a Shea Butter client and great friends, and we were already importing Shea Butter from northern Ghana so it all made sense. Little did we know the learning and adventure that it would take us on!!… [read more]

The Women of Kperisi, Ghana

[POSTED ON: 6th May 2014]

I just read my first blog post. Maybe I came out of it with my foot in my mouth? Or close? So much of what Baraka Supplies does and is about has to do with women and families and communities. And yet when I look at my first blog post, the pictures were about me and men! Oops! This time I’ll share a… [read more]

Jumping In Keyboard First

[POSTED ON: 3rd May 2014]

Eyes squinted, heart pumping, fear rising… That’s how I feel as I jump into the world of blogging and online content. I’m much more comfortable figuring out business and development problems or helping communities to identify opportunities. But, I realize that if I am to do my best to fulfil the mission that drove the creation Baraka Supplies then I… [read more]

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