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]

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