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Sierra Leone News: Sierra Leone produces first batch of Shea butter products

UN Women has launched the women in Shea butter value chain project and exhibition of sample products, on Thursday 29th November 2018, at British Council in Freetown. Women learned the skills to manufacture different products out of Shea butter. Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. It is usually yellow in colour when raw, with more processed versions being ivory or white colour. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in some African countries. The country representative of UN Women, Mary Okumo, said that Sierra Leone now has its first Shea butter products because of the diligence and commitment of the women who have worked so hard to put the products together. She encouraged the participants to make use of the skills that they have learnt. “We won’t let you go to sleep. We will want you to use that skill. We are going to have a factory to produce the Shea butter products owned by Sierra Leone,” she said. Some of the products produced out of Shea butter include, flourishing body milk Shea butter, Shea butter, cucumber and honey nourishing soap, Shea butter face cream, Shea butter hair elixir oil, Shea butter antiseptic soap, Shea butter shampoo, and ginger detox scrubbing soap, coconut oil moisturizing soap and Aloe Vera gel among others. One of the women, Yeabu Mansaray, who underwent the training, said she never knew the value of Shea butter until she was trained to produce various products out of it. She said Shea butter has changed her life for the better. A representative from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Hannah Broderick, said it is the right of women to enjoy, control, and benefit from the resources, assets, income and their own time, and as well as the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status and credibility. “Stakeholders from public, private and civil society should be seen focusing on women’s empowerment as a tool driver of development,” she maintained. She told the market women that the skills they have got would help improve their life styles.


By Mohamed Cedric Kamara (Intern)

Friday November 30, 2018.

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