A native of Ghana,
Inkuto’s founder, Edem Agbekey-Taylor felt an emotional and moral
responsibility to help empower women and the wider community in this part of
west Africa. Inkuto chooses to promote indigenous African natural resources
that are culturally, spiritually, economically and ecologically sustainable.
Traditionally handcrafted shea butter and African black soap fit these
criteria. Shea butter is a renewable resource of African origin; shea trees
are wild, requiring no chemical fertilisers or pesticides. Furthermore, it is
an integral part of many savannah communities and, consequently, there is a
wealth of local and traditional knowledge of making shea butter and black
soap. African black soap utilises natural oils (coconut) in combination with
potash derived from burning cocoa husks to produce an additive-free pure,
natural body and hair cleansing soap. The fair trading of our handcrafted shea
butter, shea butter skin care products, and black soap all provide income and
empowerment for communities in northern Ghana, whilst making indigenous,
sustainable and effective skin care available to the global community.
Before starting Inkuto, and when first arriving in Finland, Edem Agbekey-Taylor noticed that the widely differing temperatures inside and outside of the home had a very bad effect on the skin of many people. Many of her friends had skin problems, the most common of which was very dry skin. After sampling shea butter they soon recognised its benefits said how wonderful it was and requested more. It was these same people who encouraged Edem to start Inkuto and to spread the word throughout Finland and beyond.