OUR SHEA BUTTER JOURNEY

SHEA NILOTICA, A STORY OF HOPE FOR AFRICAN WOMEN

This little jar of organic skincare goodness comes from the forests of South Sudan and is harvested by women rebuilding their country after years of unrest. It carries with it a wonderful story of hope, resilience and renewal from the heart of Africa.

Shea nuts are collected by women from wild trees growing deep in the forests. It embodies a sacred importance to the women who grow, harvest and process it and who rely on these trees to sustain their families and communities.

The shea tree has proved itself a lifeline in times of drought, not only for income but also as a nutritional food source to various communities across South Sudan.

Also known as golden shea butter, nilotika’s softer texture and limited availability means that it can command a much higher price than it’s West African counterpart and is an increasingly valuable source of income. Although very similar in properties and benefits , Shea Nilotika contains far higher levels of oleic acid making it a much more desirable texture.

The nilotica variety of shea nut tree (called lulu in Arabic) grows throughout Sahelian Africa extending from Senegal to Ethiopia. Shea grows widely in South Sudan, across the three Equatoria States, through Lakes and Warrap, and into Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, forming a zone (est. @ 100,000 km2) referred to as the shea belt, that continues into Chad, CAR and DRC.

A smaller, less well defined zone occurs from Eastern Equatoria into Jonglei and the western Ethiopian foothills of Gambella. The trees are truly multi-purpose and are highly valued not only for the economic and dietary value of the cooking oil, but also for the fruit pulp, bark, roots and leaves, which are used in traditional medicines and for the wood and charcoal, used for building and cooking fuel.

The Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer and one of nature’s miracle beauty ingredients. It transforms dryness, helps repair damage, reduces wrinkles and soothes irritation, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.

It also offers UV-protection and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Naturally occurring antioxidants help fight free radicals to keep skin healthy and avoid premature ageing. It is also reputed to ease aches and pains and is used for giving massages, especially for babies.

Ubuntu Company Limited has over years engaged women as the smallholder nut collectors from the Equatorial belt who are structured into small groups with team leaders, who are trained on management of the Lulu trees, post harvest skills around quality harvesting, sorting, gradig, business entrepreneurship, knowledge of market opportunity, voluntary savings loaning association, value addition in quality shea butter oil and soap to build their economic resilience through market driven initiatives.

Ubuntu SACCO founded by the outgrowers encourages women farmers to register as members of the cooperatives at community level for easy skills development and monitoring. Guarantee off-taking of all processed shea butter at market rate for export and on selling.

Ubuntu Company Limited has mastered the art of processing quality shea butter also known as the golden butter. Nilotika’s softer texture and limited availability means that it can command a much higher price in the region and at international markets.

Our strength will remain in ensuring that the company in partnership with the collectors community leverage value addition and commercializing of existing agricultural value chains as a means to create grassroots revenues and food security across South Sudan.

At Ubuntu Company Limited, we take pride in being a leading producer of high-quality Shea-butter. Our dedication to providing our customers with the purest and most natural Shea-butter on the market is unmatched. We source our Shea-butter from the finest Shea-nuts harvested from Central Equatoria greenbelt, where the trees grow in the wild and have been known to produce some of the best quality Shea-butter in the world. We work directly with local women cooperatives who handcraft Shea-nuts to ensure that our customers receive only the best quality Shea-butter. 

Our product line includes various grades of raw and refined Shea-butter, as well as a range of value-added Shea-butter products, such as lotions, body creams, and hair care products. We are committed to using only natural and organic ingredients in all our formulations, ensuring that our customers receive the best possible products. At Ubuntu Company Limited, we are committed to social responsibility and sustainability. Our partnerships with women’s cooperatives provide meaningful economic opportunities which helps to support their families and communities. 

We also work to minimize our environmental footprint by using sustainable and eco-friendly packaging materials. Our experienced team is passionate about Shea-butter and its many benefits for the skin and hair. We strive to provide exceptional service and support to our customers, and we are dedicated to continuous improvement and innovation. We are confident that our Shea butter products will meet and exceed your expectations, and we look forward to serving you.

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