Making a difference – Meet Sifa

A part of your purchases goes to help support orphans in Africa. One of the African helpers who helps with these kids is Sifa. She is shown here playing the guitar – she is taking lessons and doing so well – obviously gifted.  Sifa is 15 now – she is in a technical school for girls with internships in sewing, cooking, and doing hair.

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Brice let Sifa play on his guitar – she is taking lessons and doing so well – obviously gifted.  Sife is 15 now – she is in a technical school for girls with internships in sewing, cooking, and doing hair.

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Will shea butter clog my pores?

Will shea butter make your skin more oily? Find out

Will shea butter make your skin more oily? Find out

If you have oily skin or acne breakouts, shea butter can help. If you think that shea butter will make you’re your skin even more oily, or make your breakout worse, this article will help you relax.

Not only this, if you have combination skin that is dry and has breakouts too, then shea butter is perfect for you also. African shea butter can moisturize your skin but not make it breakout.

Is shea butter good for oily skin? Will it clog my pores?
Shea butter is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. According to the American Shea Butter Institute, moisturizers in shea butter mimic the moisturizers in sebum. Thus, it “tricks” your skin into thinking it has enough sebum, and helps stop overproduction of sebum. This makes it a great remedy for dry skin. You also get other extras with shea butter It’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help to treat acne lesions.

What other nutrients does shea butter have?
Shea butter is full of nutrients. One of them is vitamin A, which gives many healing properties and can aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis. Shea butter promotes an even skin tone, and helps repair skin damage from burns and even stretch marks. Shea butter is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin E , as well as polyphenols and phytonutrients. These ingredients make shea butter an anti-inflammatory, which is why it works so well at moisturizing and soothing all types of skin.

No worries
You can apply shea butter to your face and body without having to worry about causing more breakouts or clogging your pores. Keep in mind that hormonal changes, stress and nutrition can also affect breakouts; so if you do breakout after using shea butter, try changing diet and other things to narrow down exactly what is causing it.

Shea butter sold by the pound

Shea butter sold by the pound

Where can I find shea butter?

At Africa Imports, we offer the largest selection of shea butter options. You can get unrefined raw shea butter, whipped shea butter, scented shea butter, and shea butter lotions and soaps. You can find a whole selection of various shea butter products here.

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All-African BBQ Sauce

Can you believe Memorial Day is right around the corner?
This national holiday was started as a way to honor the Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It has since extended to a day of remembrance for all those who have died in service of the United States of America.
Over the years it has also been used to mark the unofficial beginning of the summer season as families and friends traditionally gather together to cookout and enjoy each others company.
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This year impress your family and friends by putting a little African twist to the American BBQ traditions with this tasty “Hakuna Matata All-African BBQ Sauce”!
(“Hakuna Matata” means “No Problem!” in Swahili).
So go ahead– forget your problems and test out this recipe!

Ingredients
- 1 cup cooking oil (can use olive)
- 1 cup vinegar (use best, like wine, malt or cider vinegar)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup ketchup (tomato sauce, made from real tomatoes, not junk)
- 1/2 cup chutney (a nice fruit chutney, not too sweet!)
- 1 teaspoon curry powder (mild!)
- 2 teaspoons black pepper, coarsely ground
- 1 tablespoon coriander seed, crushed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 2 teaspoons mustard powder
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped (or more if wanted)
- 2 teaspoons ginger, ground
- 2 teaspoons dried herbs (or a handful of fresh thyme)
Yields 4 cups

Directions
1. Put all ingredients in a processor.
2. Mix until thick and smooth.
3. Taste for seasoning. If too sweet to your taste, add a little more vinegar.
4. This sauce must stand at least 30 minutes before use so the flavors can blend.
5. Store in the refrigerator and shake or stir before use if it separates.

Tips!
Don’t salt your meat before grilling; there is salt in this sauce.
Baste meat with a brush as you grill it and when you turn it over.
Sauce can also be used as a marinade for red meats.

ENJOY!

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Celebration of A Mother’s Love

Mother’s Day in South Africa

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    Mother’s Day is such a beautiful holiday filled with love and appreciation for mothers all over the world! Although lifestyles and cultures can vary from country to country, Mother’s Day is one of the few holidays were the traditions pretty much remain the same throughout the world.

    In South Africa, Mother’s Day is also celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. People make special time on Mother’s Day to thank their moms, grandmothers and any motherly figures for their love, patience, self-sacrifice and devotion.

    Just as in the US, carnations are the traditional flowers used on Mother’s Day in Africa. The flower holds a very special meaning on this day. Mothers are not only presented with these flowers as a token of love, but children also wear carnations on their clothes in honor of their moms. Red and pink carnations are worn for mothers who are living, while white are worn to honor moms who have passed on.

    In similar fashion, on this day, the child becomes a caretaker of the mother. Mother is exempted from all of the daily chores. Throughout the entire day, children pamper their mothers by cooking, cleaning, serving tea, offering presents and showering their moms with affection. Younger children present their mothers with homemade gifts. Some of the children take their mother out for dinner or on picnics as well.

    Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to all the mothers all over the world for the constant self-sacrifice and patience they devote in raising their children. Let’s never forget all the women who have taken part in nurturing and showering us with love, affection and guidance!

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Fire Ant Bites, Shea Butter, and Life Dreams

Last night my daughter and I were picking clover in our backyard to give to our pet bunny rabbit. In the middle of picking the clover, my daughter made the unfortunate mistake of stepping in a fire ant hill. If you’ve never stepped in a fire ant hill before, you have no idea how painful and irritating it can be. After soaking her foot in cool water and applying hydrogen peroxide, I had her massage some shea butter and mango butter onto her foot. As she rubbed the shea butter into her skin, she sighed at the relief it provided. She said, “Mommy! The shea butter is taking my itches away!”. After that, we got into a long discussion about shea butter, how it is made, how it helps to provide work for people in Africa, and how good it is for us. She wanted to see actually how shea butter is made, so I did what any proper 21st century mom would do, and I went to youtube. There I found the video above, which shows how shea butter is crafted in Africa. It is extremely informative and enjoyable for anyone to watch. After my daughter watched it she kept saying that she wished she lived in Africa, and she wished we had the community here that they do there. This led to more discussions on African culture and life, and now she’s determined to go there when she graduates from high school. Funny how an unfortunate accident, like stepping in a fire ant hill, can lead to such great conversations and dreams.

If you happen to step in a nasty pile of fire ants this summer, try applying some shea butter! First we would suggest soaking your foot (or any affected area) in cold water and washing it with a gentle cleanser. Secondly, rinse the area with some hydrogen peroxide. Afterwards, apply some shea butter. Shea butter naturally relieves itching and reduces pain. If shea butter isn’t enough (sometimes those bites can be really intense), we’ve found spraying some pain relief spray like lanacane or dermoplast can help.

Enjoy the video, and remember that with each purchase of shea butter, you help to support the villagers in Africa who make it.

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Do-It-Yourself: Fabric Hoop Earrings

Do you have some old hoop earrings that are just sitting and collecting dust? Not sure what to do with them?

Don’t throw them out!
Transform your old, boring hoops into an absolutely FABULOUS pair of head-turning, fabric earrings!

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Such an easy and creative way to get a fashionable and unique look all your own– and save some $$$ while you’re at it!

All you need is:
- Old hoop earrings
- Strips of fabric (whatever pattern your heart desires)
- A pair of scissors
- Super/crazy glue

CLICK HERE FOR A STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION VIDEO
(Video courtesy of iSewTV: www.isewtv.com)

Click here to get your African Print Fabric

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History In the Making! Loretta Lynch Sworn in as Attorney General

Loretta Lynch is the 83rd US Attorney  General

Loretta Lynch is the 83rd US Attorney General

Yesterday, April 27th, marked a monumental moment in history; Loretta Lynn became the first African American female to be sworn in as the US Attorney General. The U.S. Senate finally confirmed her last week in a 56-to-43 vote. She is now our nation’s top law-enforcement official at a time of national debates about police conduct, government surveillance and combating terrorism.

“If there is anything you need to know about Loretta Lynch, it’s that she has excelled at everything she has done,” Vice President Biden said.

Lynch had this to say about the tensions related to police conduct; “We can imbue our criminal justice system with both strength and fairness, for the protection of both the needs of victims and the rights of all. We can restore trust and faith both in our laws and in those of us who enforce them,”

Later Monday, during her first visit to the White House as attorney general, she briefed President Obama on the situation in Baltimore where protesters had looted some stores and destroyed police patrol cars.

Throughout the day, the Baltimore situation became worse. Earlier Lynch had made reference to an unlikely personal journey that started in Greensboro, N.C. Lynch is the daughter of a Baptist minister and school librarian; during her childhood, her father would take her to the Justice Department’s fifth-floor office suite. A portrait of former attorney general Robert F. Kennedy hung just above her left shoulder at the lectern.

“We are all just here for a time — whether in this building or even on this earth,” Lynch said. “But the values we hold dear will live on long after we have left this stage. Our responsibility, while we are here, is to breathe life into them; to imbue them with the strength of our convictions and the weight of our efforts.

“I know this can be done,” she said. “Because I am here to tell you, if a little girl from North Carolina who used to tell her grandfather in the fields to lift her up on the back of his mule, so she could see ‘way up high, granddaddy,’ can become the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America, then we can do anything.”

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office to Lynch at a Justice Department ceremony, calling her an “incredibly qualified” selection. He said Lynch had shown grace during the months-long confirmation process, in which her nomination was delayed in Congress amid a dispute over human trafficking legislation.

Loretta Lynch replaces Eric Holder, who left the position Friday after serving as attorney general for six years.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about time — it’s about time this woman is being sworn in,” Biden said to applause.

We hope that Loretta Lynch will bring further progress and fairness to our country and that she can inspire many others to pursue their dreams and not give up.

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NEW! 1 Gallon Shea Butter Bucket

Buy More & Save More!
Order shea butter in this 1 gallon bucket to get more for your money. Africa Imports’ shea butter is 100% natural and unrefined. It is made in Ghana and comes raw, unpackaged and provides your skin with unmatched moisture and healing properties. M-183Gm
This African Shea butter can be used as a body lotion as its rich, thick texture instantly softens skin. And it is also great for people with sensitive skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It is so gentle, yet affective, that you can even use it on babies as a diaper rash cream.
Use it to heal chapped, broken skin or lips.
Use it to heal dry, itchy scalp or split ends.
Even use it to soften your feet and get rid of toe fungus.
There are so many ways that you can benefit from shea butter, give it a try and your skin will thank you!

Click here to get your gallon of shea butter now!

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South African Melktert or “Milk Tart”

South African Melktert or “Milk Tart” is a traditional African dessert consisting of pastry crust filled with an sweet custard style filling. Milk Tart is an African twist of the Dutch’s egg custard pie.004 Angela Day Kitchen, diabetic baking  Picture: Mujahid Safodien 03 11 2010
After the Dutch settlers came to South Africa during the 17th Century, the Cape Malays (an ethnic group or community in South Africa) adapted this Dutch recipe and recreated a South African version which was given the name Melktert. This dish is so popular that it is said that wives’ reputations actually depend on their Melkterts and recipes are passed down from generation to generation.
For a traditional African treat, give this recipe a try!

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter or margarine and 1 cup sugar. Add 1 egg and beat until mixture is smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture just until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Press mixture into bottom and sides of two 9-inch pie pans.

2. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

3. In a large saucepan, combine milk, vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then remove from burner.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, cornstarch, and 1/2 cup sugar. Add beaten eggs to sugar mixture and whisk until smooth. Slowly whisk mixture into milk. Return pan to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 5 minutes. Pour half of mixture into each pastry shell. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chill before serving.

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It’s a Good Day at Good Friend Orphanage

Did you know that your purchases with Africa Imports help more than just your business? With each purchase you make, a percentage of your money goes towards supporting orphanages throughout Africa. The picture below shows children from Good Friend orphanage in Congo with 90 bags of chicken and rice. Not only this, your purchases help to promote the work of African artisans, craftspeople, villagers and more who we purchase products from.

Children from Good Friend Orphanage in Congo

Children from Good Friend Orphanage in Congo

How Much Does Africa Imports Give?
Africa Imports is not a huge business, but we’re determined to keep the children of Africa a priority. Right now, we guarantee that at least 2% of all of our sales will go to these orphanages and other charitable causes in Africa. As of October 2014, Africa Imports has donated a total of $502,816 to charitable causes in Africa. We have been blessed as a business; and we are hoping to continue and expand this in the future. We are currently giving at a rate of slightly more than $110,000 per year during 2014.

What Orphanages Do You Support?
Good Friend Orphanage in Congo, a home for street children in Dakar, Senegal, Lake Tanganyika Good News Orphan Ministry in Zambia, Compassion International, SMK Orphanage and Farm in Uganda, Mpila Orphanage in Congo, and a charitable project in Liberia.

In the past, we had donated to other orphanages in different African countries; paid wages to African people who teach their fellow citizens; and helped trafficked women to build new lives.

Want to find out more about how your purchases help children in Africa? Just visit this page.

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