"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”.
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.
Are you looking for the best moisturizer for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin? What about the best natural soap for skin and hair? Our Shea products are superb moisturizers and have exceptional healing properties for your skin and hair.
Moyaa's Grade A Shea Butter (as certified by the American Shea Butter Institute) and Moringa Oil is imported from Uganda, in East Africa.
All unrefined Shea has remarkable benefits. However, there are some differences between Shea Butter harvested from East Africa and West Africa.
The Shea Nut comes from the Karite tree. There are two distinct species of this tree, the Vitellaria Paradoxa, which grows in West Africa, and the Vitellaria Nilotica, which is the East African tree that our Shea Butter is harvested from.
You can tell the difference between East African and West African Shea Butter by its texture. East African Shea butter will be softer and creamier due to a higher concentration of Olien, which is liquid oils. East African Shea Butter has a lower melting point and is easier to lather into your skin, making it an incredible moisturizer.
West African Shea Butter is higher in stearin, solid fats. It will be harder to the touch and will have a more intense smell than the East African strand. Due to its higher fat concentration, it is rich in Vitamins, making it great for healing the surface of your skin.