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Up to 300 African Women Creating Cosmetics for a Mission

Lynn D. Taubeneck is the manager and CEO of West Africa Shea Butter & Import Co LLC (WASB). While working as a commercial flight instructor here in Dallas, he has also been working in Burkina Faso for over 10 years.

Four years ago they established a production facility with the idea of providing jobs and income to change the economy. Despite the recent global crisis posing challenges, the business has at times has employed 300+ women.

WASB has been the only U.S. manufacturing and processing company of unrefined shea butter with facilities in Burkina Faso, West Africa. They do not buy ingredients through secondary sources nor subcontract any of the production of this unique phyto-chemical. Shea Butter is becoming increasingly popular in the natural bodycare and cosmetic industries for good reason. It has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, where it has been used to protect and condition skin which has been damaged by the sun and wind.

Their mission is to produce and provide the highest quality of unrefined shea butter. While working closely with the women of Burkina Faso, they strive to create the purest unrefined shea butter using a combination of time-honored techniques and modern day technology. Through ownership of their facilities in Burkina Faso, they have been able to employ the local population in the harvesting, transportation and manufacturing of shea butter.

In addition, they are committed to help facilitate infrastructure development through schools, assisting local orphanages, secondary and tertiary industries, job creation, and soon, a local clinic. They adhere to fair trade standards -- and provide a better than fair wage for the services performed to produce unrefined shea butter. Each batch of unrefined shea butter is selectively produced, beginning with the quality of the nut to the testing of the final product.

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