I wonder if she knew, then, that she was about to change the lives of her family and many women across the world.
As told to Inc.com, after Alabi realized the positive effects the butter was having on her son's skin, she began testing it in her kitchen, mixing the shea with various ingredients, shampoos,and anything she could get her hands on to create the perfect formula for proper use. To start, the super mom distributed samples of her products to her friends and family, receiving positive feedback and raving reviews. With such success, Alabi knew it was time to expand, and knew exactly where to go to find the perfect partner(s).
We found women. We came to realize that every product that had shea butter in it involved one woman, often with a baby strapped to her back, walking through the fields and collecting each fruit on the ground one by one."
In an effort to create an equal opportunity and standard of living, Alabi and partners created a cooperative for the women workers, establishing safe and healthy production manners for both themselves and the shea. As a result, Shea Radiance was able to import over 20,000 lbs of shea butter into the US in 2010.
The lesson here?
Follow your heart and help others by servicing a need.
It will ALWAYS pays off.