One of the core values and components of Wabi-Sabi Botanicals is social impact. Every aspect of Wabi-Sabi Botanicals is designed with one question in mind - how do we create the most impact, for the most women, worldwide?
When I sat down to address this question of how we could further our reach, beyond the sourcing of our ingredients and the creating of our products, I felt called to utilize our profits in a way that could advance our mission.
And then I saw it. Dreams are universal, opportunity is not. A sponsored post by Kiva.
Millions - billions - of women around the world have goals and dreams and aspirations, and don't have access to the funds, resources, or opportunity needed to pursue them. As a woman who has built her life and her livelihood around her own dreams and aspirations, as a woman who has been empowered by doing so, as a woman has become deeply self-loving by and through her ability to embark on that journey - I was compelled to shift this reality.
I knew that my amazing, heart-centered Wabi-Sabi Botanicals family (that's you!) and I could make a meaningful difference in these women's lives.
I envisioned a business model that would allow us to luxuriate in the glow of our favorite self-care rituals and give women around the world access to the funds and resources they need to pursue their dreams and rise in self-love.
And, with that, here we are. I am honored and excited to be joining forces with internationally-renowned, non-profit organization, Kiva, to bring this vision to life.
Starting in January 2018, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals invests 10% of gross profits into Kiva micro-loans for women around the world every. single. month.
(Truth be told, as of September 2017, we have already begun investing.)
This means that every purchase is changing lives. Your purchase is changing lives.
The women we invest in are just like us, with the same insecurities, fears, doubts, and dreams. Many of them are single mothers. Just like us, they want to feel purposeful, productive, and fulfilled. Just like us, they strive to provide a better life for their children, and for themselves.
What they need, is a chance.
And because we care - because you care - these women will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, to utilize their gifts, and to rise in self-love.
A Wabi-Sabi Botanicals-funded loan allows a woman to:
- start or grow her own business
- pursue an education
- give her children an education
- lead a project that will positively impact her community
- empower other women in her community
- transform traditional gender roles
- turn her dreams into reality
As loans are repaid, we continue to reinvest those funds, so that the same dollar touches more lives. It is an unending cycle of mutual dignity and collective empowerment that has the potential to lead thousands, millions, of women on their own journey to self-sufficiency, empowerment, freedom, and self-love.
While opportunity is not yet universal, it can be.
There is nothing more powerful that women inspiring, supporting, and empowering other women. It takes a Sisterhood.
What we can't do alone, we can do together.
I can't wait to see the impact we create, together.
In gratitude and giving,
For more information about Kiva, click here