Why Social Impact is Important to Me & Moyaa

Posted by Debbie van Grieken on

Many Hands Moyaa Social Impact

It’s been quite a few years now that I have been thinking globally, and acting locally.  Being exposed to the world around me opened up my eyes and empowered me to live fairly.

What started as a small business selling Fair Trade products from around the world quickly grew into a platform for education and awareness.

Through my connection with Casa Relief, I was introduced to Moyaa Shea Butter for the first time.  I loved how soft it made my skin.  As a Melanoma survivor, I loved learning about the many healing benefits of raw Shea Butter.  I immediately started stocking it on the shelves for Global Hearts. 

Learning about the company behind the product made the butter that much better.  I admired what this small company was able to do for a community across the globe.

When the founders of Moyaa – a small group of shareholders from Oakville – were interested in selling their company, I immediately expressed interest.  I saw this purchase as a great opportunity to build on their efforts.

 I knew that this investment went beyond money.  It’s an investment in building a sustainable and inclusive global community and economy. 

Sounds like a big challenge, doesn’t it?  

I find comfort though in knowing that I am not alone in this venture.  I am part of a collaborative network of like-minded individuals and organizations.

 Many hands make light work.Haya Proverb

Above finding comfort in this, I find inspiration.  I’m inspired to be part of a solution.  Inspired to work with a network of people dedicated to the same great cause. 

Last month, I received this newsletter to my inbox.  I saw it as a positive affirmation that I am on the right path, and that I have people alongside supporting the work that is done in Uganda and in Canada.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Margaret since taking on the business back in March.  She is an amazing woman and role model for the global community, and I am honoured to work with her.

Here is what Partners Worldwide had to say in their June Newsletter:

"Margaret teaches local farmers how to harvest the Shea fruit, dry the pits, and prepare them for pressing—this is helping people see the value in Shea trees, instead of burning them. As part of empowering the community, she also helps these farmers set up bank accounts to manage their increased income. Financial literacy is part of her work to create stronger families and communities."

In the world of business, there are many ways to get the job done.  Ever since I started my first enterprise, I have seen the importance of balancing a Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profit.  

This framework is essential in all I do.  And positive social impact; is the gold at the end of the rainbow.   

Do you believe that business can play a role in empowering the global community?  I'd love to hear your thoughts. Comment below or on social media!