A symbol of life
Just as the olive tree is an important part of the Mediterranean landscape and lifestyle, so is the shea tree to West Africa, its name in the local language means “life.”
In Burkina Faso, women use shea butter from cooking to protecting and nourishing their skin and that of their children.
Known as “women’s gold,” shea butter also ensures a precious source of revenue for those involved in its collect and production.
Organized in cooperatives, local women are the only ones who know how to turn it into butter. They can use the shea butter income for their family such as the education of their children.