El Agbe is a Ghanian phrase meaning “God is alive.” Founded in Ghana in 1996, El Agbe Company has made its name in ornamental beads, original jewelry designs and handmade home decor. In 1999, Ele Agbe added handcrafted shea butter cosmetics to its product line and began exporting worldwide.
El Agbe employs some 50 artisans, all young adults and most of them women. The organization also offers training programs for under-educated youth. El Agbe's artisans use traditional Ghanaian tools and methods, and the highest quality materials available, including one-of-a-kind beads and unique scents. At El Agbe, artisans pass on their skills to younger generations, conducting workshops for school groups and accepting apprentices from throughout Ghana. Shea products are traditionally used in Ghana for a wide variety of purposes, including for moisturizing, cooking and as an anti-inflammatory. El Agbe provides work for shea producers in two rural areas who provide raw material for the shea cream.
Ten Thousand Villages purchases shea butter cream from El Agbe Company Limited. Ten Thousand Villages started purchasing from El Agbe in 2008.
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