A tree symbol of "life"
Like the olive in the Mediterranean, the shea tree is an integral part of the African Western civilization, hence its name, which means "life."
In Burkina Faso, women use butter for cooking as well as to protect and nourish their skin and their children.
Called "Women's Gold", shea butter provides a valuable source of income to those involved in the collection and manufacturing. Organized in cooperatives, women are the only ones to know the secret of the production of butter. They can use the revenues shea butter for household needs, in addition to the education of children.