Denice & Trev Gregory
Carishea was in fact founded by my parents. I think what they are doing and there enthusiasm is amazing and so inspiring! Here’s there story…
Wouldn’t it be great – if there was a new way of running this business that worked for everyone in our world?
Wouldn’t it be great – if we could provide disadvantaged communities with dignity through employment?
Wouldn’t it be great – to have a handcrafted product where someone has taken care to blend pure, natural ingredients?
Wouldn’t it be great – to have soaps and balms that left you feeling nourished and moisturised?
NOW THERE IS!
Award Winning Trade Right International, is a new style of operation, which combines the best of commercial enterprise and charitable assistance, to enable sustainable support via a social business model to be established in underprivileged and deprived communities. TRI is a business designed to meet social goals by taking and offering training and employment to excluded people, and then by returning profits in community aid and development.
Since 2008 TRI has been operating a pilot project in Ghana as a Shea Nut Trader. By working with the women pickers to ensure they get a fair price and increased quality, TRI has gained valuable experience within the Shea industry.
Meanwhile in 2010 it has run a pilot initiative in Scotland where imported Shea butter and Coconut Oil has been turned into premium soap and cosmetic products, Carishea.
Shea grows in 11 countries in the Savannah of Africa on the southern tip of the Sahara desert. It’s a wild uncultivated tree which village Chiefs and Elders leave for the poorest women in their community to harvest.
The Shea used in Trade Right International’s Carishea products is collected and processed in the Builsa District in the Upper Eastern Region of Ghana. The Shea nuts are wild crafted and ethically harvested by women working with Trade Right International who turn it into unrefined Shea Butter.
Trade Right International’s Scottish facility, in Greenock, employs people from deprived communities who are excluded from the labour market. Carishea empowers them back into work and trains them to be skilled craftspeople.
So wherever Trade Right International operates, they bring much needed employment to needy communities.
But that’s not the end of the story.
Profits made are returned and used in community projects and initiatives – building a school in Ghana, resourcing communities in Liberia and supporting drug rehabilitation work in Scotland.
In this way TRI is bringing social transformation to communities by offering training, employment AND by supporting local aid & development.