At Moyaa, we believe in people helping people. Supporting the local and global communities that help our organization succeed is important to us. With our ethical business goals at the top of our thoughts, we apply a fair trade framework when purchasing raw materials supporting farmers and families directly in Uganda.
Moyaa Shea Butter is produced in Northern Uganda, an area known for its history of civil unrest and instability. Citizens of Uganda have experienced significant suffering, many losing their homes, families, and lives. Thousands of children were kidnapped, trafficked, and forced to become child soldiers, and thousands more were forced out of their homes and displaced throughout the region of East Africa.
Fortunately, this is no longer the case for Northern Uganda. The area is experiencing a period of peace they have not experienced in over 40 years. The Pader area of Northern Uganda has begun to flourish, with many displaced persons returning home and rebuilding their lives. Local entrepreneurs are finding ways to establish sustainable businesses in their home, including a local Ugandan entrepreneur who is very dear to Moyaa: Margaret.
Margaret has created a sustainable business in the Pader region by harvesting the fruit of Shea trees which have been untouched by the war. Margaret has mobilized hundreds of local women to collect, dry, crush, and press the nuts from the Shea fruit. This process creates Shea butter, which is a premium quality skin moisturizer. The locals in this region refer to this Shea butter as “moyaa”.
In 2011, Margaret became a partner with Moyaa Shea Products Ltd. to develop a Canadian market for the valuable and enriching body butter. When you purchase Moyaa Shea Butter not only are you purchasing an exceptional product for your skin, you are also helping support a community of women and men in the Pader area, providing them with much-needed income.
Moyaa operates with a sustainable and successful business model to ensure that those within the community of the Pader area are able to support their families and improve their own quality of life without having to leave their community to find work.
At Moyaa, we care about more than just the bottom line. We are committed to creating a lasting difference through our work, and through partnerships with organizations and charities dedicated to creating a positive impact on vulnerable communities. We maintain ethical business goals and are dedicated to ensuring sustainability for the communities we partner with, upholding fair business practices.