Kneading Machine Fund for the Hanahana Circle

$225 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 17 days
Fund Hanahana Beauty’s goal to purchase a kneading machine for the women’s cooperatives who produce our shea butter in Ghana, starting this Giving Tuesday!

In following our mission to disrupt the beauty industry + create sustainability, transparency + accessibility in all aspects of the company, we are starting to build the “Hanahana Circle.” Beyond a direct-trade partnership with the women’s cooperatives, it also includes healthcare benefits, training, machinery, and more. After conversations with the women themselves, we have decided to raise funds to provide a kneading machine for each cooperative that is a part of the Hanahana Circle.

The kneading machine not only increases efficiency by cutting the time it takes for the women to knead shea butter in half, it eliminates strenuous physical labor while doubling the amount of shea produced. We’ve been working with farmers and different tech companies in Ghana who make these machines, and the average price is 19,000 GHS—around $4,000 USD.

So this Giving Tuesday, we appreciate everything + anything you can give to this GoFundMe, which will go toward a kneading machine for the first cooperative we collaborated with, the Katariga Women’s Group. With your monetary support and word-of-mouth, we can improve the process for the women who work tirelessly to produce the shea we use to keep you feeling smooth + confident. Thank you!

About us + our mission:
Hanahana Beauty is an all-natural skincare company that uses shea butter products as an ingredient and a platform to disrupt the beauty industry by empowering black women + women of color globally.

After launching in Chicago in March 2017, less than two years ago, our founder Abena Boamah decided to move to Ghana this past September to continue to grow the company + be able to source not just shea but all of our ingredients from Ghana + other countries across the continent!

By doing this, we also increase support + visibility for the women who produce our ingredients. This past summer, Hanahana Beauty started paying ​double the fair-trade price​​ for our shea butter + expanded the number of collaboratives we work with from 1 to 3. We started with the Katariga Women’s Group in Tamale, and we are working with the Sissla Women’s Group in Tumu + most recently the Grunapaga Women’s Group. With each visit to the cooperatives—when Abena (and our photographer Jessica Sarkodie!) get to know the women, do interviews, sample ingredients, and document the process—we gain better insight on how we can create access + more sustainable ways of growing as a company from all ends.

For more information about the women behind shea butter production + their process, watch this video!

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Raised by 9 people in 17 days
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