Funlayo Alabi and her husband co-founded Shea Radiance, a natural beauty brand dedicated to transforming hair, skin, thinking and lives into something beautiful. She believes in the power of economic access and what can happen when women reach out to lift other women, regardless of their differences.
Her business was born out of the need to find a natural solution for her young children’s eczema-prone skin. That need sent her on a quest to her homeland of West Africa, where she rediscovered the healing properties of Shea butter. Not only did she find the missing ingredient for her skin and haircare products; she found a way to link her own journey of motherhood to that of women Shea producers in Africa. An integral part of Shea Radiance is to empower the 16 million African women who are picking and processing Shea nuts and butter, and connect them with women around the world who benefit from their artisan craftsmanship.