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U.S. ambassador to Togo set to visit business in Tumwater

Olowo-n'djo Tchala and his wife Prairie Rose Hyde are the founders and owners of Olympia and Togo based Alaffia, a skin care product company.
Olowo-n'djo Tchala and his wife Prairie Rose Hyde are the founders and owners of Olympia and Togo based Alaffia, a skin care product company. The News Tribune

David Gilmour, the U.S. ambassador to Togo, is set to meet with the co-founder of a business in Tumwater who was born and raised in Togo.

That business is Alaffia and its co-founder is Olowo-n’djo Tchala. He started the business with his wife, Prairie Rose Hyde, and it has since filled an 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Tumwater that employs more than 120 workers.

Alaffia is a fair trade business that imports shea nuts from Togo in West Africa and turns them into shampoos, lotions, soaps and other natural body-care products.

Gilmour is set to tour the Alaffia headquarters on Wednesday.

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