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Sell More, Give More and Impact More

[POSTED ON: 9th October 2019]

Here is a simple strategy to help you sell more products and have happier customers as we enter the Christmas selling season.   Let your customers know that when they buy your products made with Baraka Shea Butter they are Giving the Gift of Dignified Income to hard-working women in northern Ghana.   They already know that when they buy… [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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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]

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]

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]

How to Protect Yourself While Making Soap

[POSTED ON: 8th August 2018]

Making soap is a beautiful and creative process. However, when making your own soap, you must also be extremely careful when using Sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as LYE. We have heard of a few very scary soap-making stories gone wrong, so this article is meant to remind you just how dangerous lye can be as well as some measures to put… [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]

Featured Shea Butter Expert: Scent and Sensibility

[POSTED ON: 16th April 2015]

  Name: Jolene Sing Company:  Scent and Sensibility State/Province:Nova Scotia Country:Canada Facebook: www.facebook.com/scentandsensibility       Jolene from Scent and Sensibility creates the following products with our Baraka Shea: Soaps Creams She uses shea butter in all of her soap recipes and loves how the butter makes her soap silkier and creamier.  She finds that the shea butter makes her recipes more luxurious,… [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]

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]

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]

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!… [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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