Carishea – transforming lives :: transforming skin

by Trade Right Trust

About the project


Tipping Point £1,000
Moisturise £2,000
Rinse, Relax & GO £3,200
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

Our desire and passion is to offer work, employment and trade opportunities to vulnerable and excluded people in Africa and Scotland by taking ethical, sustainable and fairly traded skincare into the mainstream consumer market in the UK. 

We literally want to transform lives as our products transform skin!

Poverty is not just lack of money, it’s about a lack of choice.

  • For re-covering addicts and ex-offenders, in Scotland, it’s being given the choice and opportunity to change their lifestyle to be valued, active members of society.  Many want a chance to prove to themselves and their family that they have changed.  To do that they need work, employment and skills.
  • For Ghanaian women in the Shea communities they want the opportunities and choices which being able to provide for their children can bring.  They want a ‘hand up not a hand out:’ the dignity to make their own choices regarding education, healthcare etc. Such empowerment of women can mean the difference between selling a child into Bonded Labour (child trafficking) or keeping that child in the family and in school.

Trade Right Trust have linked together these two diverse communities to support and work together.

Trafficked Boys mending fishing nets

Can you give us some statistics on this problem?


  • 27% of offenders enter employment upon release from prison 
  • Of the 58,000 ‘problem drug users’ in Scotland, around 46,400 (80%)are unemployed.

(Source: Centre for Mental Health: ‘Employment Support & Addiction: What Works’. 2013).


  • UN & US State Dept. report on Human Trafficking estimates there are 30,000 people trafficked each year in Ghana.
  • 80% of those trafficked are children sold into ‘bonded labour’ due to economic poverty faced by families.
  • Most children are trafficked from rural areas subsistence communities

What is your solution?

In both communities meaningful employment is needed to alleviate the need for offending, substance misuse or human trafficking.

Studies have shown that being in employment can enhance recovery, increase the life chances and opportunities.

Trade Right Trust brings together these diverse communities to partner together in a radical way.


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    Tell family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours about carishea
  • Regular time commitment
    Become a carishea Ambassador – and earn extra cash!! Invite your family, friends and neighbours to carishea by holding a full scale pamper party to demonstrate, promote, tell the carishea story, and sell products. Email for details

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Trade Right Trust – holistically connecting the world’s poor to empower, enable and trade through active dynamic employment and development initiatives, using the ‘social business’ model. We believe social business can bring dignity and freedom to all involved, reducing the effects of poverty and social exclusion. We work with communities in Ghana where women harvest shea nuts to produce shea butter which is then handcrafted into luxurious skincare products by recovering addicts and ex-offenders in Scotland. We trade ethically, pay Living Wage, and return surplus profits into valuable education and community development projects. Trade Right Trust manage the Community Interest Company, Trade Right International CIC. carishea and Naturally Noah are brand names of the products produced by Trade Right Trust.

Geographical coverage


Our track record

Trade Right Trust operates through a network of 5 Shea Butter cooperatives, with a combined membership of 3,200 women in Ghana. In Scotland Trade Right Trust manages a social business turning shea butter into luxurious skincare products. This employability initiative has supported 26 men since 2012 to transition from rehab. or prison into local communities. We have launched 2 brands - carishea and Naturally Noah and contract manufacture for other brands. In 2016 we were successful in being included in the first Asda Social Enterprise Academy – an initiative in helping social enterprises be ‘supermarket-ready’.

Awards And Recognitions

Bees Knees Award – 2013 & 2015 Green Parent Gold Award for Best Body Balm 2015 Runner-up in the Scottish Regeneration SURF Awards (2013) Memberships Scottish Fair Trade Forum BAFTS Living Wage Foundation Global Shea Alliance (founding member)