Akoma Skincare

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Angus Klufio

Akoma means ‘the heart’ in the Akan language, which is spoken in Ghana, where Angus lived as a child. Born in England, his family moved to Ghana when he was 3 where his father set up an association providing quality poultry feed to farmers at competitive prices. This association was, and continues to be, fully owned and run by farmers. Inspired by his father’s vision, Angus had always wanted to maintain links and give something back to the country.

Ten years ago, Angus was able to fulfil that dream by setting up Akoma International, which started out as a trade exchange using Ghanaian suppliers. This was followed by him setting up the Akoma Cooperative Multipurpose Society in Ghana in 2007. It is run by several members of the village of Pusu-Namogo, to help locals rise out of poverty.

Fundamentally, the cooperative is for women who want to work to improve quality of life for themselves and their family. In Bolgatanga, unemployment is a critical issue together with low literacy rates and poor access to health services that are stretched beyond available resources by high incidence diseases such as malaria, kwashiorkor and beriberi.

The cooperative’s produce (predominantly shea butter) is bought by Akoma UK, where it is sold on as an ingredient for other skincare brands in the UK, or turned into Akoma’s own skincare range.

Angus’ focus is to keep the produce Fairtrade, organic, vegan (where possible) and some items are even classified as food grade. He knows that keeping it natural keeps the goodness locked in and his growing customer base are proof that this approach works.

Angus says: “With our business, we are helping reduce poverty for our producers in Ghana, while keeping the traditional skills alive in the communities. We are able to help increase the education and training opportunities, which gives us great satisfaction. We’re motivated by a desire to promote ethical business because we want to help create a world that we are proud to pass onto the next generation.”


Links
Akoma Foods
Akoma Trade
Akoma Cooperative
Greater Accra Poulty Farmers Associaton