Shea butter is made out of the nuts from the shea tree. The shea tree is protected and sacred. It grows in the free nature of the African Sahel. For centuries, the nuts are being processed into butter. This is an activity only done by women, which is why the shea butter is also known as the women’s gold.
The production of shea butter is a traditional, feminine activity. By sharing the harvest of the shea tree with us, local women groups acquire their own source of income and a greater economic independence.
In 2011, 36 proud women from the village called Boni in Burkina Faso establish their own official women association called Yiri Wi (= working together towards a sustainable future). These shea butter-mama’s produce pure shea butter and soap for Chéry Faso. Products which are sold here at a fair price. With the profits from the sales here, the women now own two production centres where they produce shea butter and soap.