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Occupation Advancing Gender Equality and Alleviating Poverty through the Fair Trade of Handcrafted Shea Butter
Location Togo (West Africa), Olympia (Washington)
Introduction Alaffia was founded in 2004 to alleviate poverty and empower communities in West Africa through the fair trade of shea butter and other indigenous resources. Fair trade is the fundamental foundation of our organization, which is comprised of the Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative in Sokodé, Togo, the Alaffia Coconut Cooperative in Klouvi-Donnou, Togo, and Alaffia in Olympia, Washington USA. Our cooperatives handcraft indigenous raw ingredients; the Alaffia team in Olympia creates the finished products. Proceeds from the sales of these products are returned to communities in Togo, West Africa, to fund community empowerment & gender equality projects.