Karité Delapointe’s first mission is to participate in to improve the quality of live for 5000 shea butter women producers and their community from the Léo CO-OP in Burkina Faso, by providing regular and increasing revenues.
Karité Delapointe wishes to make Fair Trade Certified Shea Butter better known by a maximum of North American consumers.
Our goal is also to sensitive consumers to the positive impacts of Fair Trade and to the importance of making ethical and responsible purchases.
We wish that every family in Norh America possess/has its own Fair Trade Certified Shea Butter containers in its pharmacy!
Access to nature for the beauty and well-being of your body!
Karité Delapointe offers 4 high quality skincare product lines Fair Trade Certified and Organic Certified: Authentic, Softness, Fruity & Freshness.
We formulate high quality products made with shea butter and natural ingredients, organic certified if available.
Our products contain no paraben, no harmful chemical preservatives. They are not tested on animals.
Our relationship with the Léo CO-OP has started at the beginning of years 2000. Daniel Lapointe’s desire to bring support to poor people and to have an agriculture experience abroad motivated him to apply as an international volunteer along with the International Cooperation Study Center (CECI). During 8 months, Daniel worked to commercialise shea butter at the higher/better price possible.
Fair Trade Certification
Karité Delapointe officialy became the first TransFair Canada licencee licencee for Shea butter importation on October 7, 2007.
After Daniel passed away, Praxède Levesque Lapointe, took the lead of the company with the collaboration of her supporters.
Why should you buy skincare products made with Fair Trade Certified shea butter?
Since the creation of shea butter is an extremely demanding physical activity, we believe that producers deserve payment that reflects their hard work.
In the conventional system, however, very few sustainable jobs are created for the advantage of African women. Because international shea trade mainly involves the sale of nuts rather than processed butter, very little profit remains at the local level.
Approximately ten multinational companies control the majority of shea trade world-wide. In the global market, these large companies purchase the nuts at an extremely low price from intermediaries in developing countries. From there, the nuts are processed into oil in the countries of import, typically in Europe and Asia. The trade of raw nuts represents roughly 95% of the global shea market. Unfortunately, when companies drive down prices as low as possible, shea butter producers are unable to make a profit. In addition, since raw nuts capture the lowest profits in the supply chain, producers do not benefit from the profits made by processing the nut into butter.
By purchasing shea butter that has been transformed into butter locally in Burkina Faso, Delapointe creates jobs and contributes to the well-being of thousands of women producers and their families. Moreover, because Léo CO-OP is a Fair Trade organization, the women producers are also owners of the organization, able to benefit more from the sale of their product.