produced by the NUSPA member groups is an exceptionally
high-quality product with unique physical, chemical
and therapeutic properties. Given the high value of
the oil, prices paid to NUSPA producer groups is currently
over three times the local market price of traditionally-produced
shea-butter, which is produced and sold by some of the
most economically vulnerable women in Uganda, often
the elderly guardians of children in school.
Shea Project is predicated on developing broad and diverse
new markets for Ugandan shea products within East Africa,
the pilot phase of the Shea Project (1995-97), COVOL
developed a client base for initial exports of Ugandan
shea-butter products. Body Time, a natural cosmetics
company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a regular
buyer, having recently dropped their original supplier
of (West African origin) shea-butter.