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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]

Baraka Featured Customer….Peaux d’Ange-Angel’s Skins soap company

[POSTED ON: 1st December 2014]

Name: Mylene Company: Peaux d’Ange-Angel’s Skins soap company State/Province:Quebec Country:Canada Facebook: www.facebook.com/peauxdange Twitter: @peauxdange Mylene from the Peaux d’Ange-Angel’s Skins Soap Company creates the following products with our Baraka Shea: Soaps Creams Ointments Skin care products Bath bombs Mylene loves to craft hand cream and face cream with Baraka Shea. She has noticed a very significant difference in her skin care products, particularly in… [read more]

Baraka Featured Customer….Savvy Soap

[POSTED ON: 28th November 2014]

Name: Chris Company: Savvy Soap State/Province: Quebec Country:  Canada Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Savvysoaps Chris from Savvy Soap creates the following products with our Baraka Shea: Soaps His favourite products to make with Baraka Shea is soap for the good quality and moisturizing capabilities.

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 my… [read more]

Baraka Featured Customer….JANMade

[POSTED ON: 18th November 2014]

Name: Jan Company: JANMade State/Province:Ontario Country:Canada Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JanmadeSoapsetc Twitter: @JanMadeSoapsEtc Jan from JANMade creates the following products with our Baraka Shea: Creams Soaps Ointments Skin Care Products Her favourite products to make with Baraka Shea is soap for the ease of production and whipped body butters for the moisturizing properties.  She also enjoys purchasing Baraka Bolga Baskets. Jan feels that Baraka Shea is a valued… [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 about… [read more]

Baraka Featured Customer… Little One Naturals

[POSTED ON: 4th November 2014]

Name: Alexis Company: Little One Naturals State/Province:Ontario Country:Canada Facebook: www.facebook.com/LittleOneNaturals Instagram: @littleonetreasures Alexis from Little One Naturals creates the following products with our Baraka Shea Creams Ointments Body Butter Her favourite product to make with Baraka Shea is Body Butter because the Shea whips SO well!

Baraka Featured Customer…Boudica

[POSTED ON: 28th October 2014]

Name:Heather Heaman Company: Boudica State/Province:Ontario Country:Canada Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoudicaBodycare Twitter: @boudicabodycare Heather from Boudica found Baraka through some Shea Butter discussions  with other soap makers. She wanted to give our Shea Butter a try because of our focus on the women who make the shea butter and contributing back to their communities. Heather says:  “Baraka  Shea is much creamier than the shea that we… [read more]

Baraka Featured Customer….Brightside Soaps

[POSTED ON: 23rd October 2014]

Name:Kelly Smith Company:Brightside Soaps State/Province:Ontario Country:Canada Twitter: @brightsidesoaps Facebook:  www.facebook.com/brightsidesoaps Kelly from Brightside Soaps creates the following with Baraka Shea Butter: Soaps Creams Skin care products Her favourite thing about Baraka Shea Butter is the smell. Kelly says, “Not any one thing, I love the smell of it, I make a soap that the majority oil/butter is shea, 26%! But shea… [read more]

Baraka Featured Customer…MISSIE

[POSTED ON: 20th October 2014]

Name: Melissa Wooldridge Company Name:  MISSIE State/Province:  Ontario Country: Canada Facebook:  www.facebook.com/missiemoo Melissa uses our Shea Butter to create beautiful: Soaps Creams Skin care products Bath bombs Her favourite product to make with our Shea Butter is Whipped Shea because it is a BEST SELLER! You too can be a featured customer! Just fill out our short survey and we will share your story with… [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, 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. The… [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]

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]

REFINED VS UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER: WHAT’S IN A LABEL?

[POSTED ON: 21st June 2014]

Imagine: two pots of face cream, identical but for the wording on the labels. One says “raw, unrefined, natural” and the other says “refined, de-odorized, pure white and with a subtle floral fragrance”. Which one would YOU trust for your delicate skin?  Refined vs Unrefined Shea Butter The truth is that the “raw, unrefined” Shea Butter is superior – no contest! Don’t be… [read more]

YOU ARE THE SHEA BUTTER EXPERTS!

[POSTED ON: 18th June 2014]

We want to see photos and hear stories of how you use Shea Butter. YOU are the Shea Butter EXPERTS! We hope you will help the women and communities of northern Ghana by sharing your stories, photos and information. The more everyone knows about the wonderful products and uses of Baraka Shea Butter made by the women and families of… [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 for social good!… [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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