Aviela started in 2007 after Patricia Monney, the founding director, visited her family back in Ghana along with her husband, Chris and daughter, Charissa. This is Patricia’s story:
‘At the time, Charissa was almost 2 years old and was still not walking. As a new mum, I became worried and decided to visit a doctor to examine my daughter’s condition. The first doctor I saw confirmed that there was something wrong with her left ankle and she would probably need surgery. He then referred me to a bone specialist. When I met up with the bone specialist, he examined Charissa’s foot and asked me if I had ever heard of Shea butter. I excitedly told him that it was my mum’s favourite remedy for every skin and hair problem she had. He advised me to take Charissa home and massage her ankle with it twice a day and after 2 weeks he would determine whether an operation on her ankle was necessary.
I was quite sceptical about the prescription I was given and was thinking of not returning to see him, but rather find another specialist! When I got home, I told my mother about it and she insisted we give it a try. My mother took charge of the treatment and massaged her granddaughter’s ankle with the Shea butter every morning and evening.
Three days afterwards, I saw Charissa on her feet trying to walk. By the 4th day, she was walking without any aid. I was so amazed and could not wait until the following week to see the doctor.
After 2 weeks, I saw the doctor and told him about the good news. I tried to enquire how the Shea butter had solved the problem. He explained to me that the cartilage in her ankle was very stiff, causing her not to stand properly, but the anti-stiffening agent in the unrefined Shea butter helped to induce some softness into her cartilage which helped her to stand on her feet comfortably, to allow her to walk.
When I got home that evening, I began researching on Shea butter and ever since then new discoveries about this amazing product never cease to amaze me’.