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Fair Trade Shea Butter—A Key to Gender Equality & Poverty Alleviation
Featuring the Founder of Alaffia: Olowo-n’djo Tchala
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Valley Natural Foods Eating Area
Come to this free lecture and learn about Fair Trade Shea Butter with the founder of Alaffia Sustainable Skincare: Olowo-n’djo Tchala. Alaffia builds community empowerment through the fair trade of indigenous handcrafted Shea Butter and skin care products. In the words of Tchala – “Today, Africa is considered the poorest continent on Earth. Because I grew up in poverty in Africa, I feel morally responsible to dedicate my life to empowering communities there. I have chosen to promote indigenous African natural resources that are culturally, spiritually, economically and ecologically sustainable.”
Free samples will be available!
Talk Topics include:
- Alaffia’s Initiative for Gender Equality & Community Empowerment Through Indigenous Resources
- Alaffia Fair Trade Shea Butter Cooperative
- Community Empowerment Projects
- Shea Butter- History & Benefits
About Olowo-n’djo Tchala:
Olowo-n’djo is Co-Founder of Agbanga Karite, a fair trade womens’ shea butter cooperative in Togo, West Africa. He grew up in Togo, West Africa under economically impoverished conditions. As an adult, Olowo-n’djo migrated to the U.S. with his wife, Rose, a former Togo Peace Corps volunteer. Despite having completed only his elementary education in Togo, Olowo-n’djo went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Theory from the University of California, Davis. Olowo-n’djo also co-founded Alaffia Sustainable Skincare. Located in Olympia, WA, Alaffia creates and markets skincare products from the Agbanga Karite fair trade shea butter. Alaffia also promotes fair trade for Africa and educates others about fair trade issues specifically relevant to Africa. He is fluent in Kaboli, French, English, Ewe and Kotikoli and is proficient in three other Togolese languages.