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A Walk in the Wa Market

[POSTED ON: 26th August 2019]

Markets are central to community life. Everywhere. Join us as we watch some of the produce go by in the Wa Market (Capital city of Ghana’s Upper West Region) and end by buying some Poona Yams (a delicious, sweet yam – one of my favourites).
Shea Butter is traditionally made into small balls and sold in markets like this

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Community Water Well

[POSTED ON: 25th August 2019]

#WaterIsLife – true everywhere, and especially in shea butter producing communities on the edge of the Sahara in Northern Ghana. Village wells are the centre of community social and much work activity.

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What’s That in My Shea?

[POSTED ON: 14th August 2019]

What’s that in my shea?  Don’t worry.  Baraka Shea Butter may occasionally have remnants of the Shea Nut solids or other foreign matter because of the traditional methods used for processing. This can be avoided through a mechanized process, using solvents to extract shea butter and ripping the economic impact from the women and communities and passing it off to… [read more]

Shea Butter Shouldn’t Stink

[POSTED ON: 24th July 2019]

Stop Stinky Shea!  You don’t want stinky shea and neither do your customers.  Learn more… “Your shea butter smells nice”. I hear that so often. I run into many who have been using refined shea butter to get away from the rancid sort of smell that poorly made shea butter has. Do you really need chemically refined shea? Baraka Shea… [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 (Tabiasu Women’s Enterprise Centre)

[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]

From Shea Trees to Baraka Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 20th February 2019]

From Shea Trees to Baraka Shea Butter. Shea Trees to Shea Fruit to Shea Nuts to crushing, roasting, grinding, whipping, finishing, packaging and on to you.  A process that creates an amazing product, and impacts lives, families and communities along the way.  Learn more – and watch the video!

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Colours of Baraka Shea Butter

[POSTED ON: 10th October 2018]

Shea Butter ranges in colour from gray/white through to buttery yellow. The properties of the shea butter are not affected by colouration. The colours are caused by several factors; the mineral content of the soil where the shea tree it came from grows, the time of the crop (seeds from early shea fruit seem to produce more yellowish coloured shea… [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]

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]

Shea Nuts: Picking the Pits!

[POSTED ON: 7th October 2014]

Question:  if you look under a Shea tree sometime between May and July, what will you see?  Last week’s answer might have been children, picking the delicious shea fruit to eat and sell. This week, we can add in the tell-tale signs of all the fruit that got left behind, signs left by an unusual ally…     …animals! You see,… [read more]

SHEA FRUIT – A DELICIOUS TREAT!

[POSTED ON: 23rd June 2014]

In our last post, you learned about the difference between Refined vs Unrefined Shea Butter. Today, we will discuss Shea Fruit. Question: Where will you find one of the world’s most delicious fruits? Answer: Northern Ghana. And yes, of course we’re talking about the Shea Fruit, the plump greenish-yellow edible delight – tasty, delicate and yummy – which people say is like a… [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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