For thousands of years the women of Africa have known the secret to beautiful skin, shea butter!

Shea Million is a fantastic fairtrade and organic, face and body moisturiser made of raw shea butter, brought to you by Akoma Skin Care and the women of the Akoma Cooperative Multipurpose Society.

Jessica Hynes visits Ghana

Award-winning star of Twenty Twelve and the Royle Family, Jessica Hynes, recently visited the Akoma Cooperative with her nine year old daughter Bee, to find out how shea butter is made and to learn about the benefits which come with Fairtrade for the group of women involved.

Jessica Hynes

She explains: “I was moved by the way these women operated together as a team … Everyone needs to be given a fair price for what they grow. Here in Akoma they are producing a great quality product which is the basis for so many others we can buy at home. I want to let people know about this wonderful group of women and what they are doing to strengthen one of the poorest communities in the world.”

Now Jessica is hoping to raise awareness of the Akoma women and others like them this Fairtrade Fortnight by going bare-faced on International Women’s Day on 8th March, wearing nothing but the Akoma Shea Millions.

Juliana Sampana, the president of the co-operative, says life has been hard for many. “Women in this region have worked so hard to put food on their tables for their families through farming and odd jobs but end up with an unfair income which leads to poor diet and health problems such as beriberi and other diseases. But with Fairtrade certification the women are assured of receiving a fair wage for their hard work.”

Jessica added “The money they get from working together goes to build a strong, healthy community, for the good of the wider group not individual gain. These are values I really believe in and I’m very privileged to have witnessed them.

I now hope that I can help these incredible women touch more lives with their hard work and strength by showing people in the UK how wonderful the shea butter is and why they should be supporting such co-operatives too.”

Join the Thunderclap

On International Women’s Day on 8th March, Jessica and the Fairtrade Foundation are creating their first ever Thunderclap in order to support the Akoma women and those around the globe like them. I’ve signed up for the Thunderclap at http://ow.ly/hV7FH

I hope you will to and please help spread the word by sharing this article across your social media networks.

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“When the Fairtrade Foundation sent me a pot of Akoma Shea Million asking me to spread the word I was eager to help. I’ve just had a long soak in a bubble bath and with my skin still slightly damp, covered myself from head to toe in their Shea butter. I can honestly say my skin has never felt so good. I’m delighted!” Kathryn, editor of Boutique Travel Blog

Their Fairtrade Raw Organic Shea Butter naturally contains vitamin A and E. Vitamin A is important for improving a number of skins conditions including, blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis. While vitamin E is a common anti-ageing ingredient that protects your skin. It is also perfect to take away with you when travelling or on holiday to take care of your skin after you have been out in the sun.

Try it for yourself and support the women of Akoma by buying Shea butter at Akoma Skin Care.

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