Sourcing & Stewardship
Organic, Fair Trade Certified™ SugarSource: Wholesome Sweeteners, Cooperative in Paraguay, South America
Active co-op members: 933
Average farm size: 5-12 acres
Fair Trade price premiums used for:
- Sustainable Farming & Crop Diversification - training for local farmers to convert to organic cultivation
- Equipment & Community and Farm Infrastructure - purchase tractors, which are community owned, to increase farmers’ efficiency, and allow them to harvest and sell more cane
- Micro-Credit- interest-free loans used to purchase trucks so farmers can transport their cane harvest more easily and faster to the Mill
Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Baobab Oil
- Eco Lips was the first to bring this to market!
- Sourced from Zimbabwe, Africa, baobab is known as the ‘tree of life’ as it traditionally has provided food, shelter and textiles to the locals for thousands of years.
- The fruit is harvested by hand – knocked off the tree when it is dried. The shells are cracked open exposing the white fruit pulp which contains the seeds. The oil is then pressed from the seeds.
- Baobab oil has a beautiful balance of Palmitic, oleic and linoleic fatty acids that make it a great skin care oil. It absorbs quickly into the skin and is non-greasy.
Mongongo Nut OilWhere does Mongongo Oil come from?
- It is sourced from a rural village in Africa.
The Mongongo or Manketti Tree is a member of the Euphorbia family. A large, spreading tree, it reaches 15-20 meters tall and is found on wooded hills and amongst sand dunes, particularly on Kalahari sand soils.
- The egg-shaped, red-brown fruit ripens and falls between March and May, and contains a thin layer of edible flesh around a stone hard shell. Inside this shell is a tasty and highly nutritious seed or nut similar to an almond that, when pressed, yields the bright yellow Mongongo Oil. In some years, the fruit is so abundant that they lay knee deep on the ground.
The Mongongo nuts are harvested from the wild by organized groups of rural women. The women are organized into groups from each village and then work together thus enabling them to monitor the quality of the nuts with their peers.
The women extract the kernels manually. The kernels are then sold for pressing, filtering and packaging.
Why Mongongo Oil?
- A social worker noticed the opportunity to help a group of women create an income by starting a business and learning how to efficiently harvest, process and perform quality assurance. The goal was to help them create more self worth while increasing their net-worth.
- The income from the Mongongo nut harvesting makes a difference in the lives of the entire village providing income where there was little before.