Christmas gift ideas that support Togo


There is a very neat women’s cooperative here in Sokode.  They produce butters for beauty products that are sold under the label “Alaffia” at Whole Foods.

I have visited the location and stirred the shea butter by hand with them.  Most of the women are illiterate, and do not even speak French.  Here they have a reliable salary, health care, and work that doesn’t break their backs. 

The founder (a Togolese man married to a former Peace Corps Volunteer) was there to explain fair trade to other producers in Togo (weavers, honey producers, etc).  He is encouraging similar enterprises in Togo.  He left me a sample of the final shampoo and conditioner products, which are AMAZING.

I highly recommend you look for their products and give them a try, or give them as Chirstmas gifts this year.  You’ll even find “made in Sokode, Togo” on the label.

One comment to “Christmas gift ideas that support Togo”

  1. Comment by Jeanne Mangerich:

    Hi Rebecca, Thanksgiving is coming around and I will be heading up to Scott and Sharon’s this week. I remember the last time you were there too. : ) It will be a fun get-together and my sister Mollie will be there too.
    I love your website and have found so many useful resources – bicycling on the peninsula, earthwatch, and Mount Holyoke College. It is really great!
    I just ordered some Shea butter products from Alaffia. It was hard to pick but I know they will make a perfect present.
    I bet you are looking forward to your mom visiting next month. What a rare opportunity…I hope you have a really good time. I just talked to Barb tonight and she has a good person to look after Jamaica.
    Reading your blog makes me remember to not take all my “conveniences” for granted. The closest I came was working at South Pole but even that was probably not as a remote location as Togo.
    I went on a nice hike on Mount Tamalpais today. We are having good weather for November.
    Well all for now,

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