Thursday, August 11, 2011

Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative Member Highlight - Rahimatou Razak

Rahimatou Razak has been a member of the Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative since 2004.
As a child growing up in rural Benin, Rahimitou helped her family gather shea fruit to sell.
Rahimatou has seen many of her peers leave their families and homes to work on plantations in other countries.
She says that one of the best things about being a member of the Alaffia Cooperative is that she is able to support her three children while living close to her family.
Thank you for all you do for the Alaffia Cooperative, Rahimatou!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Olympia Bike Drive

One of our youngest volunteers and her "Allaffia" sign.
Our Olympia Bike Drive took place this past Saturday, August 6th, in the Fish Tale parking lot. 

Enjoy a few photos of the day's events!

Two of our "bike testers" pause for a photo

A happy group of Alaffia Team Members

An Alaffia Team Member works to remove wheels, preparing
the bicycle for shipment

The lovely Martha, of Fish Tale


Our drum circle added energy and rhythm to the event

The EDS Babies & Up "Hedgies" came for a visit

There are more Bike Drives to come during the month of August:

Greenlake PCC Market - August 20th
Redmond PCC Market - August 21st
Whole Foods Market in El Segundo, CA - August 27th
Whole Foods Market in Venice Beach, CA - August 28th

Learn more about our Bicycles for Education Project and how it impactsWest African communites on our website.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative Member Highlight - Sarata Fousseni

Sarata began handcrafting shea butter with her mother when she was a child. She has worked at this craft for 20 years.

Sarata's husband is older, and is not able to help support their four children.  Before joining the Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative, Sarata was a farmer, but her farms did not yeild enough to meet the needs of her family. Joining the Alaffia Cooperative has enabled her to support her children and make repairs to her home.

Sarata has been a member of the cooperative since 2003.

Thank you Sarata for all your hard work as a member of the Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative!
Our mission thrives because of you!