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.