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Africa Alive LLC, a company based in Milwaukee, WI USA is proud to bring to you the Shea Du Mali line of natural beauty products. We import our raw shea butter from Mali, West Africa, in partnership with a cooperative regrouping 35 villages with a total of one thousand women members. Our ultimate objective is to contribute eradicate poverty among women involved in the shea sector by increasing their income through an ethically traded venture.

ORIGINS AND MANUFACTURING

Raw shea butter, the main ingredient of our products come from the south east of Mali. Shea du Mali has partnered with a cooperative of 35 villages with a total of one thousand members – mostly women – to produce the higher quality unrefined shea butter and help raise the living standards of women producers living in rural area through an ethically traded partnership. Local processing of the raw shea butter creates value added locally by allowing producers to increase their incomes and thus improve their living conditions. Its manufacturing is an activity taken on by women because the harvest and the extraction of the shea-tree are especially made by the women of the rural zones. Shea nuts are harvested between mid June and mid September.

Here are the steps used to produce all-natural, unrefined shea butter

1.Pick up and pull out the fruit pulp. Boil the nuts.

2.Rinse and dry the nuts under the sun.

3.Break the nuts in order to shell them. Conserve the almonds.

4.Wash the almonds in a mortar.

5.Manually sort the almonds, keeping the best for the shea butter while using others for making soaps and cooking butter.

6.Mechanically crush the almonds.

7.Crush and roast almonds on a wood fire.

8.Grind the roasted almonds.

9.Cream with water to dilute the paste.

10.Mechanically churn the mixture.

11.Wash the emulsion.

12.Cook the emulsion.

13.Manually filter the butter using strainers (warm oil consistency).

14.Wrap/pack the product in containers according to clients’ specifications.

Testimonials

Olivia X

Milwaukee, WI 

December 6th, 2015

Dear Pure Shea Du Mali,

I am writing this letter to inform you that I have had an outstanding experience with the personal care beauty products produced by your business. I would like to take the time to express my satisfaction to your business in a letter.

I discovered Pure Shea Du Mali while shopping at Mayfair Mall. As a conservative individual, I love supporting small and local businesses. I suffer from eczema, especially in the winter time. When a representative shared all of the benefits and facts of your products, I knew he was being genuine so I decided I’d take the offer. While using African Black Soap, I have realized natural products work the best for my sensitive skin. Had I not stumbled upon your products, I would still be going to the pharmacy for eczema cream. 

With my extreme gratification, I will remain a customer for as long as Pure Shea Du’Mali is available. I was able to help out family members who experience eczema rash and there isn’t a better feeling than being able to aid in healing. With your African Black Soap, I now have the confidence to wear short sleeved shirts and allow my skin to breathe. For the immense healing that Pure Shea Du Mali has helped me overcome, I give you my most sincere “Thank You.”

Sincerely,

 

Olivia X