At Planetkind, we have a cradle to grave view of our products: our responsibility starts with their origins and ends with their disposal.
For this reason it’s vitally important that our own suppliers share our philosophy.
Our soapnuts are certified organic at source of origin. Our supplier Motherherbs is committed to minimising its environmental footprint while maximising the socio-economic impact for the local rural communities involved in soapnut production.
Soapnuts are fruits of the Sapindus Mukorossi trees (aka Indian Soapberry) and regrow every year. Mother Herbs undertake plantations every 2 years. In line with the centuries of tradition, the majority of the work involved in producing, harvesting, drying and packing the soapnuts is done manually. This continues to encouraging rural employment and minimises carbon footprint.
The rural, manual nature of the work continues to provide employment in areas of otherwise low employment to around 200, mainly female, employees who shell the nuts, as well as approx 50 people involved in processing and packing of the nuts. Mother Herbs strives to ensure a fair living wage is paid to all employees.
Here at Planetkind we believe that organisations as well as individuals have an obligation to give back to the wider community.
For us this has to be one that aligns closely with our own mission of demonstrating human-kindness, animal kindness and planet-kindness.
For this reason Planetkind is a strong supporter of foodwatershelter – a not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly children’s villages with education, social and health facilities for women and children in developing countries.
We donate 3% of all revenue generated to foodwatershelter to assist in the running of Kesho Leo – an eco-friendly children’s village with education, health and social facilities for vulnerable women and children in Tanzania, East Africa.
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Located on 6 acres in the Arusha region of Tanzania, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, Kesho Leo is based in a community that experiences high levels of entrenched poverty, HIV/AIDS, and physical, emotional and sexual violence towards women and children. Building began in 2007, and Kesho Leo is now a thriving eco-friendly residential, farming and community development hub. Kesho Leo offers:
- Secure homes to house mamas and children in need. Kesho Leo’s first house mamas came with their children for a better life and to help support services to other children. These first families will gradually return to their communities, supported by matched savings. By 2016, Kesho aims to welcome at least 40 orphaned children by into households headed by caring, locally-qualified caregivers.
- Employment to an incredible team of around 35 Tanzanian staff including teachers, nurses, social welfare staff, security guards, farmers and builders, and managers.
- Community health services including a community health centre, a health education and promotion program for the wider community, and outreach work to help link local people with existing health services.
- Child education services including on-site Chekechea (kindergarten), pre-primary and after-school tuition services attended by more than 120 local children each year and a community library. All resident children are supported to attend education and training through to young adulthood.
- Social welfare services including casework support for Kesho Leo residents and local families at crisis point, community social welfare education programs, and community access to employment opportunities, microfinance and income-generating initiatives.
- Empowerment to women through employment, training, microfinance programs and social support that helps local women become informed, resourced and independent.
- A permaculture farm that produces organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk, fish and honey, demonstrating workable, eco-friendly farming alternatives. Kesho Leo provides affordable community training in organic vegetable growing, rainwater harvesting, permaculture design, composting, compost toilets and more. Kesho Leo also regularly delivers internationally-accredited Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses in English and Kiswahili.
- Eco-friendly design and practice underpins all of fws’ work, and Kesho Leo’s central building won the 2010 National Australian Institute of Architects Award for International Architecture for its innovative design in response to the site, the climate, the needs of the residents, and locally-available resources.
You can find out more about foodwatershelter here.
Foodwatershelter is a small charitable organisation with an Australian base made up entirely of volunteers. Donate here to foodwatershelter’s Kesho Leo program.