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Since we can't always find our rad ingredients locally, I look for sources so that our ingredients are indigenous as well. The first step I have taken in presenting Lucky Kat Lotion to the sustainable and organic community is joining the Grow Africa network. Here's a bit about this amazing network:
The Grow Africa Partnership was founded jointly by the African Union (AU), The New Partnership for Africa\'s Development (NEPAD) and the World Economic Forum in 2011. Grow Africa works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. The aim is to enable countries to realize the potential of the agriculture sector for economic growth and job creation, particularly among farmers, women and youth. Grow Africa brokers collaboration between governments, international and domestic agriculture companies, and smallholder farmers in order to lower the risk and cost of investing in agriculture, and improve the speed of return to all stakeholders.
Grow Africa is an African-owned, country-led, market-based and inclusive platform for cross-sector collaboration, to increase inclusive and responsible investment in to African agriculture, and thereby generate agriculture-driven economic growth that contributes to reducing poverty and hunger.
It is also through Grow Africa that I have become a member of the Global Shea Alliance (GSA).
The GSA is a non-profit industry association with 400 members from 31 countries including women’s groups, brands and retailers, suppliers, and NGOs. Through public-private partnerships, the GSA promotes industry sustainability, quality practices and standards, and demand for shea in food and cosmetics.
What this means is that all the shea butter I purchase is not only organic and in the rawest and purest form available, but no person, specifically woman or child, has been exploited to harvest it, and all profit is going into the hands of the farmer and not into the pockets of a giant conglomerate. I am very proud to be a member of the GSA and apart of the Grow Africa movement, but this is just the beginning.
My goal is to develop relationships with communities like this locally and all over the world. I aim to get the labels that I know you look for, like Fair Trade, Non-GMO, Certified by the Oregon Tilth Organic, and we'll get there, I promise. We give a sh*t about what goes on our bodies, but we also give a sh*t about where our ingredients come from and who and how they are harvested. I am totally looking forward to taking this journey with you!