The Shea Butter Story
My name is Gifty Serbeh-Dunn, I was born in Ghana West Africa. An invitation to Canada to visit family friends turned into a very long stay. When I arrived in Ottawa in 1981, I had no idea what life had in store for me. A month after I got to Ottawa, there was a military coup in my home which turned out to be violent. My family decided that it was best for me to remain in Canada. I did a year of High School and completed my post secondary education at Carleton University. It was four years after I arrived in Ottawa before I could return to visit my family. The separation always kept me yearning for home. I resolved to move back after graduate school, to work on women and children’s issues. I visited home as often as I could during my university years.
My plans to return home took another unexpected turn- I met and married Wayne who is Canadian and plans changed. In my heart and mind, the change was going to be temporary but I was wrong. We decided to move to British Columbia, landed in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island which I now call home. It is a home filled with much noise, joy and laughter as our 12 year old son, Kabore is an avid hockey player. He enjoys having his friends over to shoot pucks. We also have a 3 year old Rhodesian ridgeback who likes to chase and play with the boys. He is the four legged team mate in the mini hockey games.
My desire to work on women and children issues in Ghana was reignited 10 years ago when I visited my family, brought along a great deal of gifts and was told by some of the women elders that I didn’t need to bring them gifts, but to create work for them. I quickly assured them that the request would be impossible for me to fulfill. I didn’t think that I could create work for women in Northern Ghana from Mill Bay, Vancouver Island. However, a seed was planted and when I noticed that shea butter was becoming popular in North America, I found the answer. How you might ask?
Most of the women in my community make shea butter; if I sold shea butter then I would be able to create work for them. I discussed the idea with my husband who was incredibly supportive. I set into motion a shea butter import business and was incredibly disappointed with lack of significant sales. My husband advised me to create a line of skin care products; I enlisted the help of an aroma therapist friend who taught me how to make products using shea butter and essential oils. With the new skills in product formulation, Shea Butter Market was launched.
We purchase bulk shea butter directly from women’s groups in Ghana and work in partnership with them on various development projects. Our beautiful line of shea butter products are sold in Health Food Stores, on BC Ferries and online at www.sheabuttermarket.com. Although, I don’t physically live in Ghana, my dream of making a difference in the lives of women and children in Ghana is being realized in more ways than I could have imagined!
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This natural Shea Butter with many essential oils is definitely going to help my skin get a new look. I recommend this product to every woman out there.
Shea Butter is the only thing I use for my sons skin!! My in-laws are from Ghana, and bring me pure Shea Butter when ever they come back. It is wonderful!! Such a lovely story! I will have to check out this business!!
What a small world! How fabulous that you have your own personal supply.
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I love Shea butter but it’s so hard to find the good stuff. What a lovely story -thanks so much for sharing – I appreciate hearing about fellow Canadians (especially those making a difference in the lives of others)!
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Shea Butter is the only thing that helps my daughter’s extremely dry skin!
I am a teacher. During winter, I always end up with painful cracks in my fingertips from chalk usage. Gifty’s products work like a charm because of the pure Shea butter! Shea butter helps keep skin wonderfully soft.
So many different applications for Shea Butter. I have to admit that until finding out about Gifty and her company, I had no idea what it was. I hope that you find some relief this winter.
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What a beautiful post! I love shea butter.
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What a great story – and the products look amazing! Thanks for sharing another great Canadian feature!
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I’ve heard of shea butter of course but have never actually used any. However it does sound like it might well be just what I need for my skin. Especially at this time of year I get cracks on my heels, elbows and fingers and it is extremely painful. Shea butter might be the cure I need. 🙂