Olowo-n'djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, co-founders of Tumwater-based body care manufacturer Alaffia, will be honored in Los Angeles next week for helping alleviate poverty in West Africa and around the world.

The pair will be recognized by Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit formed by national supermarket chain Whole Foods. Alaffia is a top donor to Whole Planet Foundation's global microfinance programs in 69 countries including Togo and the United States.

“Given the first average developing world loan size of $184, Alaffia's donation of $200,000 to the Foundation has created more than 5,775 opportunities for impoverished entrepreneurs and their family members to live a better life,” said Joy Stoddard, executive development and outreach director of Whole Planet Foundation. “We are proud to honor Alaffia for their trailblazing impact in Olowo-n'djo's native Togo and abroad, and to be joined by this year's generous event sponsors like truRoots to raise funds for global poverty alleviation.”

Alaffia, a fair trade organization, has empowered African communities through the company’s profits funding several community projects and causes. Those include funding 4,463 births, planting 57,575 trees, donating 7,482 bicycles to Togolese students, building ten schools, and providing school supplies to 32,842 students since 2006.