Baraka Shea Butter is a small Canadian/Ghanaian family-owned business located on Vancouver Island in Canada and founded by husband and wife team, Wayne Dunn (Canadian/Irish) and Gifty Serbeh-Dunn (Ghanaian/Canadian).
Gifty was born and raised in Northern Ghana. She moved to Canada in the 1980s but always felt a strong connection to her home community in Wa. When visiting, she used to bring care packages to the women. Upon asking what she could bring them next time, the women said they wanted to work and earn income.
Purpose & Values
At Baraka Shea Butter, their purpose is to use business to profitably make a difference in people’s lives; from the hard-working women who make it, to the crafters, businesses and industries that produce great products with it, all the way to the customers who use those products and benefit from the amazing properties of high-quality, pure, unrefined shea butter.
What does Baraka mean?
Baraka means “thank you” in Wali, a Ghanaian language with approximately One hundred and forty thousand speakers in north-western Ghana, where we source Baraka Shea Butter. However, the word Baraka also belongs to other languages and cultures, bridging divides that exist in the world today.
Baraka strive to use business to bridge divides worldwide and create a genuine community impact through:
Fair paymentto producers and workers;
Support of women, families, communities, and developmentin Ghana;
The creation of high-quality productsbrought to the market in a fair, equitable, and environmentally sustainable manner
Baraka uses use age-old traditional methods passed down through generations. Our products are wholesome, nourishing, and natural – no chemicals or additives, no animal testing, no harsh industrial processes.