This beautiful African model and actress, Juka Ceesay sure has made a name for herself in the world of beauty, health, and food! Ceesay is the founder of Juka’s Organic Co. which is best known for their red palm oil products. Juka’s Organic Co. benefits women in the villages of Africa and has become many’s go-to product in their kitchen. With the official start up of these products available in the mainstream market, Sheen had to be sure to get to know this woman who has made it her mission to empower other women to see their fulfill their fullest potential.
Could you tell our readers about yourself and the idea behind creating Juka’s Organic Co.?
My name is Juka Ceesay, I’m originally from Gambia, West Africa. I come from a very large, business-orientated family. I moved to the United States at the age of 17. I’ve pursued a few careers but my true calling was to be in business and that’s how Juka’s Organic Co. came about. When I moved to Los Angeles from New York, I realized that there was a gap that needed to be filled in terms of supplying natural beauty products in Africa. That led to me focusing my energy and attention to explore the red palm oil. People really love the quality and appreciate the oil so therefore, I branched out to focus on the oil itself. I’m a strong believer of challenging myself and I realized that I needed to do more, bigger, and better. That’s when I envisioned Juka’s Organic Co. that and focusing on natural products that would change people’s lives here in the United States.
Could you tell us about your transition from Gambia to the United States?
It was quite a transition for sure because I came at a young age. I remember my dad taking me to the airport, I’m sort of his favorite, (laughs) I shouldn’t say that but I think the whole family knows that by now. He simply said, “Just go and be great.” When I talk about my dad, I just get so emotional, he means so much to me and has always been such a business-minded person. Neither of my parents had much education on business but had such large companies. He told me that I have to be great at anything I do in the United States and that stuck with me. I think the foundation I had at such a young age played a role into the transition in who I’ve become today.
Juka’s Organic Co. plays a huge role in the lives of many women in the villages of Africa. Why is it so important to you?
To me, I always say that women are the fabric of every society. To change the evolution of Africa, we have to pay attention to the women. Specifically, in Africa, most women are usually at home and they are just the wives. They take care of the children, which is amazing because my mother did the same and played a huge influence on me for sure. I think that women can offer so much more if we give them the opportunity, help them prosper, be independent, and help them believe that they can also achieve most of what men can do in Africa. I saw that in my mom too, owning a business, raising her children, and doing all that with so many different hats. I truly believe that by empowering women and helping them will change Africa and all countries in the world.
Juka’s Organic Co. is known for it’s Red Palm Oil products. Do you mind telling us about that and exactly what you offer?
Juka’s Organic Co. is best known for our unrefined Red Palm Oil due to the sustainable practices that preserve the wildlife in Africa. It is very crucial for consumers of where they source their Red Palm Oil. Red Palm is an indigenous fruit tree to Africa, therefore, every three to four months the fruits are safely and ethically harvested from the palm trees that have naturally been there for centuries. each generation of women ethically produce their palm fruit oil without endangering wildlife. Red palm fruit is the main source of income for these women in the villages of Africa and their families. I am grateful to be in the bridge between the markets and to offer these natural products that originate from Africa to help alleviate many existing health concerns in the United States such as high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, and more. We are indeed honored to be apart of such an incredible social and global enterprise.
What can we expect from Juka’s Organic Co. this year?
I would say, the number one priority for us is the quality. We want to have the same quality and consistency since day one because we started off with selling our products in wholesales in African stores before we went into the mainstream American market. The quality in our red palm and other products have been tremendously consistent which draws people to continue to buy our products. We offer the same quality to non-African stores. We want to elevate people to have a healthier lifestyle in the United States by introducing them to ancient African food and beauty products that our ancestors have used over the years as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. The Walmart Super Center in Porter Ranch now carries our Red Palm Oil, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil and Red Gourmet Sauce.
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