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Made in The Gambia: Baobab Oil

My Magazine 2023/08
3 min
Hello to our beautiful readers. We at My Gambia have strongly advocated sustainable tourism and helping the community since we started this venture four years ago. We have various trips, activities, workshops, volunteering, homestays etc., through which we support the locals who are part of these programmes. We have also helped promote many locally-made products, and we thank all of you who have contributed towards the Gambian economy through our products and services.

Now we have decided to go a step forward and have a boutique in our office to showcase locally-made products, and we hope to add more products as we go along. The first product to hit our shelves is Khadija Baobab Oil which is 100% oil extracted from the seeds of the Baobab fruit.

Baobab oil is generally known for its regenerative abilities. It is excellent for softening skin and healing imperfections due to its antioxidants and ample amounts of vitamins A, B, and C, along with omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. It also contains magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Baobab oil preserves collagen, which gives skin its strength and elasticity. It also benefits your scalp and hair, helps reduce hair loss, and gives you beautiful, healthy locks!

When you choose to buy Gambian-made products, Khadija Baobab Oil in particular, you are directly contributing to the well-being of the local community in the following ways -

1. Encouraging Local Entrepreneurs:

When you purchase Khadija Baobab Oil, you are not only benefiting from its incredible skincare properties but also supporting the local entrepreneurs behind its production. The women who collect the baobab seeds are empowered through extra income and job opportunities. Your purchase uplifts and supports these incredible ladies, enabling them to provide for their families and create a better future.

2. Boosting the Transportation Industry:

Producing baobab oil requires the transportation of seeds from various locations to the extraction plant. This is where the local taxi drivers play a crucial role. By buying locally made products, you contribute to the livelihood of these taxi drivers, who are an essential part of the local transportation industry. Your purchase brings prosperity to these hardworking individuals, ensuring sustainable growth within the community.

3. Promoting Local Industries:

The extraction plant, where the baobab oil is processed, is a small but significant part of the local economy. By supporting products made in The Gambia, you indirectly help sustain this industry. The people working in the extracting plant are reliant on the demand for baobab oil. Your purchase contributes to their income and the overall growth of the local economy.

4. Conserving Nature and Empowering Communities:

The baobab tree, the source of the oil, is an iconic symbol of Africa. When you buy Khadija Baobab oil, you indirectly support the conservation efforts to protect these majestic trees. By preserving and valuing the natural resources of The Gambia, sustainable tourism is strengthened, ensuring its long-term viability.

Sustainable tourism is more than just visiting a country and enjoying its natural beauty, the luxuries of hotels and extravagant trips. It's about positively impacting the local economy and supporting the people who make it possible. Your conscious decision to buy Gambian-made products plays a pivotal role in enhancing the local economy. So, the next time you visit The Gambia, please support sustainable tourism by purchasing locally-made goods and embracing the transformative power of responsible consumerism. Every little purchase helps, and together, we can make a difference and contribute to a better life for the beautiful Gambian people.

More Gambian-made products are joining Baobab Oil on our shelves. One of them is Pure Baobab Oil Soap, made in collaboration between Khadija Baobab Oil and Amina A.

Stop at My Gambia office at Hendon Court, opposite Smile Lounge in Senegambia, on the second floor, and support Gambian Entrepreneurs with your purchase. 

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