Since 2014, Challenges Worldwide has provided over 80 days of onsite support to 120 enterprises in Ghana alone. Here are just a few of the products from some of the enterprises we are continuing to engage with as they grow. It is our long-term aim to connect these and future enterprises to quality opportunities for trade and finance.
Shea butter soap from Ele Agbe
Ele Agbe, meaning “God is alive”, has been led for over 20 years by founder and entrepreneur Comfort Adjahoe-Jennings. The business sells shea butter cosmetics, handmade jewellery, and locally woven baskets. Comfort sources all of her products and raw materials from women-led cooperatives in Northern and Eastern Ghana, and sells through an outlet in Accra with export to the U.S. and Canada.
Challenges has connected Ele Agbe with a London-based natural cosmetics company, PoaPoa, which has been distributing and testing several of the enterprise’s shea products in the UK market for the first time. These include shea butter creams, soaps and lip balm.
Challenges Worldwide worked with Ele Agbe in Accra, Ghana, from January to April 2016.
Coconut shell crafts from Sakoi Vision Enterprise
Samuel Akoi and his two sons, Ebenezer and Benjamin, run a workshop where local craftsmen cut, smooth and shape coconut shells into artisanal and household items such as bowls, cups, and containers. These products are sold wholesale to other artisanal businesses, as well as theatres and cosmetics companies.
Sakoi Vision trains and employs young people from the Oyibi area in Accra where it is based. Each coconut shell product is unique and gets its dark colour from being treated with Sakoi Vision’s own coconut oil.
Challenges Worldwide worked with Sakoi Vision in Accra, Ghana, from June to September 2016.
Black soap from Skin Gourmet
Skin Gourmet is a small business founded by Violet Awo Amoabeng, a young woman with a passion for raw and pure skin care from nature, an eye for simple and beautiful design, and years of banking experience to set up her business and its local supply chains.
Skin Gourmet sells cosmetics and health foods made from natural products, such as shea butter, coconut oil, moringa leaves, and baobab fruit.
Black soap, also called African Black Soap, is soap made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such a plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. It is traditionally made in West Africa. Black soap has natural exfoliating qualities, is known for treating oily skin, and gently cleanses all skin types. Coconut oil and shea butter are often added for extra hydration.
Challenges Worldwide is working with Skin Gourmet in Accra, Ghana, from February to April 2017.
We hope to deliver onsite business support with a further 250 SME’s across Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017. To see how you can get involved visit http://challengesworldwide.com/index.php/get-involved/.