Baraka Supplies is a small family-run business based on Vancouver Island on Canada’s West Coast. It was originally the idea of husband and wife team, Wayne Dunn and Gifty Serbeh-Dunn (one Canadian/Irish, one Ghanaian/Canadian). At its heart are people and partners who share a passion for helping local women generate income to develop their own communities.
Statement of Values and Beliefs Baraka Supplies was founded on the belief that business can and should produce social good and contribute to the sustainability of our planet’s ecosystem while producing financial returns that reasonably reward the risk and commitment of our owners.
We believe that if we:
- consistently meet and exceed the expectations of our customers by providing great products at great prices and with the best service and support that we possibly can;
- treat our producers fairly and support and facilitate their families and development; and
- be respectful of the planet and its ecosystems and environment, then this will create a solid and profitable foundation on which we can grow our business, providing profit for the owners and satisfying employment for those working with us.
Our mission is to bring unique and high quality products to the global market in a fair, equitable and environmentally sustainable manner. By achieving this, we will create value for the entire supply chain, from the original producers through to the end users.
Buying from Baraka Supplies means your money supports real community development. But it also connects you directly with the producers, their families and villages. You are helping to create sustainable employment, and give Ghanaian communities a true place in the global world of equitable commercial activity.
The Baraka ideal crosses cultures and continents. We work with the women and their communities in Northern Ghana to help them to maximize the development benefits from their work with Baraka. And we share their craft and industry with you in North America. This way, together, we can sustain and grow this vital catalyst to facilitate broader development efforts. Find out more about Baraka-supported community projects in Ghana here.
‘Baraka’ means ‘thank you’ in Wali, the language of the women who make Baraka Shea Butter. We have plans for welcoming you as guests and friends, proudly sharing in their achievements. Until then, we are happy to share with you our products and projects and to welcome any ideas for developing our mission further. And we all thank you for your interest and support! Baraka!