Funlayo Alabi, the co-founder and CEO of Shea Radiance, believes that a jar of cream can change the world. Her business was born while trying to find a natural solution to her son’s dry and eczema prone skin. She re-discovered Shea Butter; a natural healing balm sourced from the Shea fields of West Africa. Soon, her interest in the efficacy and sustainability of Shea Butter would lead her back to West Africa. In West Africa, Shea Butter is called “Women’s Gold,” because women use the proceeds to feed, clothe and educate their children. After realizing the impact Shea Butter could have on alleviating poverty for 16 million Women Shea Producers and their communities, the focus of her business shifted. Shea Radiance has since championed the cause of Women’s Gold.
Funlayo holds a BA in International Business from Howard University and an MBA from Regent University. Passionate and committed to poverty alleviation among rural West African communities, Funlayo supports economic empowerment through trade as the key to uplifting women and their families.