A fragrant shrub, famous for its sweet scent and beneficial remedies, lavender is widely used in cosmetics, perfumes, balms, and medicines. Its seductive aroma has been known to have relaxing effects. Using lavender to repel moths is an old homemaker’s trick. Sachets filled with lavender (and/or laced with its oil) and tucked in your wool-filled items are said to protect woolens.
These aroma bags were created by Bulgarian Roma women which are part of a program launched in Bulgaria by Initiative for Social Empowerment – ISE/Инициатива за социално израстване (ISE). ISE is an international organization with the vision to enable vulnerable groups of women and youth in Europe to break out of the bondage of poverty through technology, education, and entrepreneurship. They empower communities to prosper so that they do not become victims of trafficking, slavery, and social dependency.
Those bags are not just a mere preparation of a product that will travel to your home; they carry the scent of freedom, empowerment, and dignity across the world. Slowly through every earned cent from each bag, the people from the Roma community were able to repay their debt for the first time in their lives. For them, this now means that they can slowly start building a life with dignity and self-worth that they have never known before.
“A human being needs more than food to live, as to be fed is just to survive, and survival is not the same as living. The human being needs opportunities to have a purposeful life. Can you imagine being born in a place where you need to beg for food since you were a child? Thus, the question that arises is obvious, how to give opportunities to those who have very little education and live in marginalized environments with major integration problems. When I heard about the ISEEK and ISE projects for the first time, I thought that this was a great example of how to do it. These types of solutions come from people that care and are willing to put their time in a consistent manner to achieve results.”- Isaac Portilla
We couldn’t have said it any better…Let’s create some more opportunities together! Be conscious! It’s our world! It’s our future!
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