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Hand-Harvesting Cocoa Pods

Watch and listen as this video shows a hard-working Ghanaian lady hand-harvesting cocoa pods from her small holder cocoa farm.

Each pod is gathered by hand, hand-carried to village processing areas and then split open the beans extracted, fermented and dried to get it ready to be made into Cocoa Butter (see more on this process here

Baraka Cocoa Butter and Coco Butter Bits are made from small-holder grown, hand-harvested and processed cocoa beans, ensuring that every order gives the dignity of income to hard-working women.

Baraka is also developing the Kombo Butter industry to encourage ecosystem diversity in the cocoa farms and provide additional income opportunities for village women.  Kombo Butter is an amazing product that we will bring to market soon.  See more at

#KnowYourProducts – a series of informational posts about Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Kombo Butter and the women, families and communities that make it.  We believe the more you know, the better choices you make, the better products you make and the better you can educated and serve your customers

These next lines give you more information about Baraka Shea Butter – read them if interested.

What we hope you take away from this post more than anything is that you impact women, families and communities when you buy shea butter and that it is important to know the source of your shea butter.

It is so easy to have ‘raw and unrefined’ shea butter that was industrially processed, chemically extracted and all the income and impact ripped from the women and given to the factory. See more in this blog

All Baraka products are harvested and hand processed by women in rural Ghanaian villages using age-old traditions and techniques. It is core to traditional life and to their economic well-being.

You make a difference with every purchase from Baraka, or from people who make products with Baraka Shea Butter.

It has a direct impact on hard-working women and their families.

You can learn more, or order at


If you want to learn more about Baraka’s products, how they are made, the women who make them and their children, families and communities please check out the videos and information on our website

For an indexed list of videos

For an indexed set of blogs

For information on the women and communities where Baraka Shea Butter is made

For information about shea butter

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly –

And, if you ever want to try Baraka products can order directly from our website.




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