Skin Gourmet works closely with the Make Africa Better NGO for its certified organic Shea Butter. The Shea Butter is actually made through the efforts of this NGO by women in co - ops in the region. Make Africa Better is an Organization that was formed to help Ghana benefit from the export of certified organic Shea Butter.
The organization, which was formed with the help of our dear friend Sook Hee Yuk, was established to help the local and impoverished areas of Northern Ghana to be able to produce high grade Shea Butter by teaching and implementing the right processes and ensuring that the proper structures were in place in order for the locals of the Northern region to produce some of the highest quality Shea Butter available. The Make Africa Better NGO is registered in both South Korea and in Ghana.
We would also like to thank the South Korean government for aiding impoverished Ghanaians in realizing the dream of creating the highest quality Shea Butter for export which will bring great gains to our country.
Sook Hee on Importance of Shea Industry in the North of Ghana:
"Even in the Nyngali Community, whose population is around 700, there are only two women who have finished secondary school. One of them represents the community as an assembly women and the other is the only lady who can speak English in the community. Not surprisingly only 37% of the population in Karaga district can speak and read both English and their local Ghanaian language, despite English being the official language in Ghana.
As I worked with the women’s group in Nyngali, I was constantly amazed how women can manage a 24 hour day efficiently without any minute wasted. Women in Nyngali, like other rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, start the day as early as possible–around 4 am to go the bush to pick shea nuts. In addition to this new livelihood, preparing meals for extended families, cleaning and repairing their homes and compounds, taking care of elders and kids, farming staple crops such as yams and maize are all part of women’s duties.
Shea butter, which is processed by hand in village households, has long been used for everything from cooking oil to moisturizing cream and even as a medicinal treatment for cuts and bruises. Shea butter is now providing a new and stable livelihood and brighter future for many poor rural women in Ghana.
Money from shea generally goes directly to women and is one of the very few sources of income for them. With the money the women get from selling the shea nuts or the processed butter, they usually buy food, clothes or pay school fees and medical care.
Whenever I ask women in the village, “What would you do if you were to have more money?”
The more than 100 women in the Nyngali community responded the same “With the extra money from shea butter processing, I could pay for schooling for my children or for family medicines.”
Although Women can’t read English or local languages, Mothers know how important, more than material goods, appliances or possessions, education is for their children and how much they want to support their children."