All Pure Nature
All Pure Nature of Ghana encourages the use of natural products among its customers, to provide continuous income for Shea butter farmers in northern Ghana. Women associations produce our Shea Butter using traditional processing methods thus, maintaining all of Shea Butters' natural active ingredients. Their practices include a creative achievement of combining Shea Butter-making techniques and natural herbs from Africa and using traditional African packaging methods with modern techniques.
Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. As owners, they get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. Divine fair trade milk chocolate, made from Kuapa's best of the best fairly traded cocoa beans, was launched in October 1998.
Women contribute a significant amount of the labor on a cocoa farm, including much of the work related to fermentation and drying of beans – the key stages that ensure product quality. Kuapa Kokoo weighs, bags and transports the cocoa to market and carries out all the necessary legal paperwork for its members. Kuapa strives to ensure that all its activities are transparent, accountable and democratic.
By owning the largest share of Divine, farmers have a seat at the table, more benefits go to smallholder farming families and communities, and they have more control over their own destinies. It’s a great example of how businesses can do their part to contribute to improving the livelihoods of farmers who supply the land, the labor and the knowledge that produces great food. Making women a priority leads women members of Kuapa to be loyal and encourages women to advocate for other women to join the cooperative. Kuapa is viewed as a positive resource for women. Women who earn extra household income use that money to keep their children, including girls, in school longer than families in villages where women’s training was not as available.
Founded in 2003, the Global Mamas community is comprised of thousands of people from around the world working together with the mission of creating prosperity for African women and their families. The Global Mamas are mothers, wives, grandmothers, sisters, talented entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. There are nearly 600 producers from 7 different communities in Ghana.
Global Mamas products are full of life and love. Each item is hand-crafted using traditional techniques, maintaining local artisanal skills such as batiking, bead-making and shea butter production. Global Mamas products are unique and high-quality, tended to with care through a meticulous quality control process and by a dedicated customer service team. Their products include: hand batiked textiles and apparel, accessories, home décor, recycled glass beads, jewelry, ornaments, shea butter products and recycled plastic accessories.
Global Mamas producers are unique and their accomplishments over the years have varied from purchasing new equipment, supporting their children’s education through all levels of school (including university), opening shops, building homes and most importantly, feeling empowered and valued. Global Mamas is committed to sustainable growth and since inception has created hundreds of jobs in Ghana. Fair Trade practices ensure that every Global Mama is paid a steady, living wage. They further empower our Mamas by inviting them to be a part of organizational decisions and product development. Through our powerful network of international volunteers and interns, our Mamas receive personalized, hands-on training to refine their skills and strengthen their capacity to produce better products, manage their growing businesses and personal incomes, and improve their health and the health of their children.