The inspirational founder of Sahara Botanicals, Stephanie Getson, is a 2011 Emerge Fellow at the Oxford-based Emerge Venture Lab and the latest entrepreneur to join the Buzzbnk community. Her mission is to create sustainable livelihoods in conflict-affected communities through the production of environmentally sustainable, natural body care products.
The pilot project is a shea butter orchard in Goré, Chad, a town that is home more than 24,000 refugees, many of whom are women with little or no means of supporting their families.
Shea butter has been produced by African women for centuries, and Sahara Botanicals will provide training for these women in Gore, and then help then export the product and find buyers in the cosmetics industry, creating sustainable income-generating jobs for both refugee and local women.
Stephanie’s impressive list of credentials includes being a Global Social Venture Competition 2011 semi-finalist atLondon Business School, as well as a participant at the Rice University Business Plan Competition.
If that’s not enough, Sahara Botanicals made a staggering 13% of their £8,000 target in just 1 day! We think it may be a Buzzbnk record…
So find out more about Stephanie’s inspiring vision, join the crowing crowd and bag yourself a jar of shea butter at www.buzzbnk.org/saharabotanicals