Giving Back to Grower's Communities #NaissanceQuest
Here at Naissance we are on a constant journey of 'Discovering Better'. We believe that natural ingredients should be just that. Natural. It sounds obvious, we know, but it's not always the case with many cosmetics brands. What's more, we think natural ingredients shouldn't cost the earth. We are constantly searching for 'better' and pioneering more ethical and sustainable ways of working and doing things. Things that not only benefit us as a business but, more importantly, benefit individuals, communities, society, and the world in which we live.
We strive to bring you the best quality products, so you always know exactly what you're putting on your skin, and we search the far corners of the globe to achieve this. We build open, honest partnerships with our suppliers, and conversations that go beyond a simple email or a phone call. By working directly with growers all around the world we can not only ensure the premium quality, sustainability and traceability of our products but also give back to communities helping build a better future and way of life for all those involved. Our quest for 'Discovering Better' never ends and drives all that we do as an organisation.
We would like to invite you to join us on this journey of discovery also. Read on to hear more about our sustainable partnerships and what we have planned so far...
We have recently founded a new partnership with an amazing supplier called Georgina Koomson, from Ghana, West Africa. Georgina is part of a cooperative of over 600 women who together, through the manufacturing of Shea Butter support a local community of over 2400 individuals. This industry vastly helps their local economy and it has enabled them to build wells for clean water, schools to provide children with a vital education and a nursery to help mums with young children get back to work. Georgina has built this up from a few dozen women to where they are today, introducing Organic Certification helping the communities to train and grow. Getting paperwork and products to conform to global standards when most of the women don't read or write is a huge challenge, but they have overcome all these problems and have plans to grow their production and range of products even further over the next few years.
We are delighted to be supporting Georgina and her cooperative and proud to bring their beautiful Organic Shea Butter directly to you, but we don't want to stop at just that. We want to help their community further by giving back and doing more, therefore you will see numerous projects come to life not only this year but in the years to come.
The first project we are working on with Georgina will be the digging of a new well for a partner community in the Tolon Region (west of Tamale) which does not currently have access to a clean water supply.
The residents of this community must travel to other areas to fill containers with water and carry them back home. It is usually the girls who are tasked with collecting the water, meaning they miss out on valuable schooling. By helping build a well for this community we will not only give people access to safe, clean drinking water but also enable these young girls to have more time in school to fulfil their education.
Another project soon to start will be the building of a new production facility, enabling Georgina's cooperative to pack and store their goods in a clean and covered environment, helping their business grow and empowering the community to prosper further.
Follow our #NaissanceQuest hashtag on social media or check back here for regular updates on what's happening as we progress on our journey of discovering better together.
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