African Shea butter co-operative

Origin, cultivation and processing

The shea butter for Organic Potions® Beauty Care comes from Ghana. In 2005, we provided the stimulus for an organically certified project in the region around Diarabakoko in the south-west of the country. 1,300 women from 13 villages are involved in the project, collecting the shea nuts from several protected, organically certified areas. The collectors in the project village of Diarabakoko have independently organized themselves into a producer association. This is a women-only association, as is common and natural in Africa. Shea butter has always been controlled by women and only they are authorized to harvest the nuts. The women named their association ”IMALO” . Their earnings from shea nut sales enable them to pay for their children’s school fees – so that all the children can attend school. The income also helps to pay for basic essentials like food and medicines.


After harvesting the nuts within the scope of the project, the women shell, dry and place them into interim storage in warehouses that are co-financed by WALA. The nearby organically certified company Agrifaso, with its head office in Bobo-Dioulasso, purchases the nuts and uses transporters to move them straight from the villages to its small processing unit. There, the shelled nuts are pressed under warm conditions (so-called “cold processed” since no excessive heating is applied) and turned into shea butter. Agrifaso has 40 permanent employees, who ensure the continual production of the shea butter in consistently good quality. Finally, the raw shea butter is subjected to an organically certified refining process to reduce its highly characteristic natural odor.


Nova Argan®

south of  Ghana