Alaffia, the Tumwater-based company that manufactures fair-trade body care products, has begun selling its products in Walmart stores throughout the country, the business announced Tuesday.
The news was announced to a gathering of federal, state and local government and business leaders who came to Alaffia to meet with Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Donald Yamamoto. He visited Alaffia to learn more about what the business is doing to encourage trade and create jobs, according to a news release.
Alaffia’s products, which debuted at Walmart stores earlier this month, will be distributed to 3,600 locations.
Alaffia is expected to add 60 jobs to its current Tumwater payroll of 145 employees as a result of the agreement.
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The company focuses on hiring women in the West African countries of Togo and Ghana to collect shea nuts, coconuts, herbs and grasses at Alaffia cooperatives that then create shea butter, coconut oil, baskets and essence used in Alaffia products.