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Hope lies in shea butter

Maiga Shea Butter is beneficial for consumers, but also helps those who produce it. Saidou Maiga grew up in Burkina Faso, West Africa, surrounded by shea butter and its influence led her to the foundation of Maiga Shea Butter.

Maiga Shea Butter is beneficial for consumers, but also helps those who produce it.

Saidou Maiga grew up in Burkina Faso, West Africa, surrounded by shea butter and its influence led her to the foundation of Maiga Shea Butter. This natural product meant to moisturize and soothe the skin, is carried by merchants like Ave Marie Gifts and Specialties.

The store received it's first shipment April 27, and sold out one day later, said employee Theresa Jordan. She uses the shea butter on her face and said it leaves her skin moisturized and smooth. Maiga Shea Butter can be used on anything from dry skin, to burns, stretch marks, eczema, and even as hair moisturizer and there will be a demo of the product today at Ave Maria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shea butter is a natural fatty extract from the shea nuts found in the fruit produced by the shea tree. It takes five hours of direct labour to produce one, four-ounce container of shea butter. It is only produced by women, said Maiga. In Africa, it's known as "Women's Gold" because of the opportunities and empowerment it provides to women in regions where shea is grown. Maiga Shea Butter is collected and processed in an environmently-friendly way and ten per cent of Maiga Shea Butter profits go to prevention of infant and maternal mortality in Burkina Faso.