Amae from Ghana
For many, palm oil is a hugely controversial ingredient as it is associated with large plantations that destroy rainforests and damage the environment. But Amae knows a different story. In her home country of Ghana, oil palms grow naturally alongside other crops and represent a sustainable route out of poverty.
Because of this Traidcraft pioneered its own fairtrade palm oil, FairPalm, which is helping farmers like Amae get a fair wage and consistent orders for their work. It’s turning a controversial ingredient into a life changing one.
The income from Amae's palm fruits helps her afford essentials like healthcare, shelter and education for her children. Alongside her palm and cocoa crops, Amae also grows maize and plantain to make sure her young family has enough food to eat.