The Lavender Project: A Model Social Enterprise

Señoras cintas de costura para lavanda secaThe case of the The Lavender Project cooperative presents a business model of a typical social enterprise with multiple objectives that seek both economic benefits for its business partners as well as social benefits for its cooperative constituents, employees and for the community-at-large where the enterprise is located.

This rural cooperative processes agricultural products into value-added finished goods to generate more income for its participating farmers, improve human capital, satisfy market needs of its target customers, generate new jobs through expanded operations and in general to benefit the community with spillover effects created by the new business venture.

While the profit motive that the cooperative seeks through its manufacturing and sales activities is essential and justifiable for its existence, it coexists with the other more altruistic and socially charged objectives of providing employment opportunities to members of the village who would have less or no job alternatives in the conditions and circumstances of their lives in those communities.  Opening the opportunity for people who live in traditionally poor and isolated rural towns to learn a new trade, to physically engage in making a new product, to attend market fairs and display their creations, and to link with and reach the consumer of their products in cities and towns distant from their villages are all by themselves valid goals and outcomes that a social enterprise like the The Lavender Project cooperative pursues.

Examples of the social services The Lavender Project provides are a funding of transportation of sick people from the community to city hospitals or clinics, partial or full coverage of prescribed medications  not covered by the government-sponsored health insurance system, and free meals as deemed necessary or requested for neighbors in the community.

 

The Many Benefits of Lavender

Provence Lavender field at the Lavender Project

The Lavender Project offers a variety of oils, soaps, sachets,dried leaves for teas and therapeutic pillows intended to foster a healthy and natural lifestyle.

Our products can be used for three kinds of natural therapy:

Aromatherapy

A form of alternative medicine that uses natural aromatic compounds to strengthen a person’s physical and cognitive well-being. Lavender, with its fragrance of flowers and herbs, has been long known to treat a variety of health conditions.

Topical Therapy

While often working in tandem with aromatherapy, topical treatments can provide additional benefits for the body’s largest organ, the skin. Lavender is suitable for all skin types, and has cosmetic as well as medicinal benefits.

Infusion Therapy

While Lavender is popular for its gustatory benefits, enhancing flavors in many dishes, it also has curative properties.

The Lavender Project list of products:

For Aromatherapy:

Sachet.

May help to calm and relieve general tension, depression and exhaustion

Pillows

Our meditation, neck, eye pillows help to promote muscular relaxation. May help to relieve local muscle spasms (warm), and reduces inflammation (cold)

Lavender Oil 

The oil is an extract mix of the Grosso and Provence varieties of Lavender and may help to sooth nerves and more Lavender Essene Oil severe tension, including migraines. In addition it can work as a powerful natural decongestant and may aid with respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, laryngitis

For Topical Therapy:

Lavender Oil

The oil extract of Grosso and Provence Lavender can help to relieve earaches and reduce local inflammation. Lavender oil can work as a pain reliever for arthritis, backache, and rheumatism and as an antiseptic treatment for wounds.

Soap

May help to heal and sooth damaged skin (e.g. sunburns, acne, rashes, psoriasis). May work as an as anti-itch care for bug bites and stings as well as an insect repellent. May prevent cosmetic scarring and stretch marks. Revitalizes skin tone as an age-retarding and cell-regenerating treatment

For Infusion Therapy:

Dried lavender

Used in cooking or as a tea dried Lavender may help to boost the immune system, enhance resistance to toxins, and increases blood circulation.  May help to relieve the discomfort of nausea, flatulence and indigestion.

Health Disclaimer:

The information on this page  is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your  family doctor.