"Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them" – Madam C.J. Walker
Daily there is a lament in our local news and daily periodicals about job creation and unemployment in the Bahamas. While many sit at the feet of the government waiting for a “good government job” or waiting for someone else to give them a job, there is a burgeoning segment of the population who has decided to take their destiny into their own hands and create their own “job”. These trendsetting Bahamian Fem-Entreprenuers have taken the proverbial bull by the horn and are forging ahead creating their own path, mastering their own destiny."
Two such burgeoning business titans are Youlette Etienne and Akosua Ma’at the creators and owners of Y’VE natural beauty products, an organic beauty line formulated especially for women of color. This luxurious indigenous brand is beauty as nature intended, featuring all natural local ingredients such as Bahamian sea salt, coconuts and a variety plants and herbs. Some of their exclusive Y'VE Coco-Shea product line includes:
Organic shea butter with coconut oil, now found at NHC Nutrition and Simone Billion Lash Studio.
-Sea salt skin polisher made, using our very own Bahamian sea salt
-Organic shampoo made from shea butter, black soap and coconut oil
-Coconut Clay Mask made from Bentonite Clay and Coconut powder
-Coconut exfoliate made with coconut flakes and coconut oil
All of Y’VE’s coconut products are craftily created by hand using Andros coconuts and are packaged in BPA and BPS free containers. These ladies believe healthy skin come from within and it is a synergist partnership with what we put into our bodies as well as what we put onto our skin. Therefore, only pure unrefined products are utilized in Y’VE natural beauty products.
Their passion for natural health and beauty is eclipsed only by their passion for female empowerment and advocacy, which is why they have partnered with Ms. Gifty Serbeh Dunn of Sheabuttermarket.com. Ms. Dunn has given Ms. Ma’at the exclusive distributor rights for the region. Sheabuttermarket.com is an online distributor of Certified Organic, Fair Trade shea butter products created by the Tapko Widow’s group.
"Tapko is a small village located near the Burkina Faso border, just northwest of Wa, in Ghana's Upper West Region. Life is very difficult for village residents. During the dry season, the hot dry Harmattan winds blow down from the Sahara. There is little cash economy and villagers must grow and harvest enough food and supplies during the rainy season to last them through the long hot dry season. This is hard for everyone, but especially difficult for women whose husbands have died and who still have young children. In Tapko Village a group of these women recognized that by working together they would be better able to support their children and families. They formed the Tapko Widow's Group and set out to identify opportunities to earn income to support their subsistence agriculture activities. With assistance from a Peace Corp volunteer, who used to stay with Gifty's family in Wa about 20 years ago, a small micro-credit program was established. The group now has about 70 members.
The Tapko Women's Shea Butter is grown and produced in an area where there are no chemicals or additives. By purchasing Shea Butter Market products you are not only buying some of the finest Shea Butter available anywhere in the world, you are also helping women and their families. Many people have asked us how they can help the Tapko Widow's group directly. We are looking at ways that will allow you to connect directly to this group and support them. For now, know that the women are paid a premium price for their product (we are currently exploring Fair Trade certification as well as organic certification) and that by purchasing Shea Butter Market products you are making a difference in the lives of women and children in Tapko Village (source http://www.sheabuttermarket.com/)."
I invite all of you to not only support these innovative Bahamian Fem-Entrepreneurs but also to support the women and children of Tapko Village. Y’VE natural beauty products are not only nourishing for your skin, but also for your soul.
For more information about their products or to order this luxurious skin care line please inquire at NHC Nutrition, telephone number 393-9322 or visit their website at www.yvenaturalbeautyproducts.com