TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada facilitates access to the Canadian marketplace and shares Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries. Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation.
TFO Canada working with Shea Butter producers in Burkina Faso
Generations of African women have used shea butter for cooking and medicinal purposes. Now, a new generation is using the extract from the nuts of the Karité tree to create products for export to open up new, and undreamed of, opportunities for village communities in Burkina Faso. Traditionally, the Burkinabé women who gathered, boiled, pounded and kneaded the shea nuts into raw shea butter were paid only a pittance for their back-breaking work. Now, by also creating soap and other beauty items for export, these same women are earning sufficient income to send their children to school. And the...
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