In 2018, Empower Village opened our first factory, the Zagtouli Shea butter facility in Ouagadougou, the Capital of Burkina Faso.
Our model involves working with tribal leaders to register a women's group and secure land for the factory. The women own and operate the factories, with training assistance provided by the non-profit group, CEAS Burkina.
Over 100 women work at the facility , shown here roasting nuts, or as suppliers of shea nuts.
These Burkinabe women are paid a fair wage and receive part of the profits the group earns, often using this income to pay for their children's education.
Shea nut shells are typically discarded during the butter making process. However, these shells could be sold and used as a source material for bio-charcoal. Not only will bio-charcoal provide them with clean burning fuel but also additional income.
Empower Village has established export relationships with major markets around the world. This allows for exports of ultra-high quality unrefined Shea butter to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and South Africa.
The facility produced over 100 metric tons of shea butter which is made into beauty products like skin creams and hair conditioners.