The desert date palm, also called “soap berry tree” or “balanite”, is a thorny deciduous tree that can grow up to 9 meters tall. It is mainly found in the semi-arid and arid regions of tropical Africa. Its fleshy, oblong fruit contains a single seed, which yields an oil whose nourishing properties are perfect for dry, brittle hair. It is rich in vitamins C, E and A and has antioxidant properties.
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In the Sanmatenga region of Burkina Faso, 1,600 women harvest the ripened fruit from desert date trees. The seeds are then washed and selected locally by the participating communities – most of which are rural – which gives them a way to earn additional income.
Our supplier works with the local producers to implement a “replanting” program that involves developing desert date nurseries and training rural communities to use more environmentally friendly farming methods. The program includes a social aspect as well: it lends financial support to the Sourou school in the form of registration fee scholarships for children. The school also holds awareness sessions on environmental protection. The number of enrolled children quadrupled in five years.