Causes We Support
At Oils for Life Australia, we want to make a difference in the world - environmentally, socially and ethically. Where we can we choose businesses and organisations to support who are making a difference in the world. We realise we can't be out there doing all the things we are passionate about, but we can make a difference by helping those who are.
Kriayt is a for-profit social business, combining business know how with the desire to address social issues. We directly support the empowerment of women
The inspiration for Kriayt Social Business began when Annie was volunteering with two orphanages in Nepal. In her own country she was director of a charity and heavily raising funds for the associated costs of the children. She soon learnt that there are over 500 orphanages in Nepal, yet less than 20% of the children were actually orphans.
Most of the children’s parents were in their villages struggling with unemployment and poverty. Through research and contact with other children care organisations in Nepal it was quickly discovered that orphanages were the most corrupt and dishonest ways of caring for children Nepal. With her husband she decided to change strategy – find the children’s parents that were in the orphanage and reintegrate them, and if needed continue supporting the family with necessities such as food & education. As a mother, Annie asked the Nepali mothers ‘How did you give up your children?’ Their response was heartfelt, it came from love. They had sent their children away to an orphanage with hopes that their children would sleep at night with food in their bellies and days were filled with schooling opportunities. Looking for a long-term solution, Kriayt was developed with the intention to tackle the root cause of the issue by providing an understanding of legal rights, skill-training, and employment opportunities to girls and mothers so they could support and keep their children.
After volunteering with other women’s development projects in Nepal fulltime for almost 3 years, Annie noticed a need to develop a business model that empowered women by not just giving skills but offering employment. This was needed to generate a stable income for the women. The women could then meet their families’ needs, but also acquire skills that encouraged their continuing earning potential. Annie felt a passionate responsibility to implement her years of experience running an Art teaching studio & several shops in her country. To create a sustainable and flourishing platform where Nepali women create their handmade products and connect them to the global market. Kriayt Social Business invests in the development of women with the long-term vision of encouraging self-sustainable, independent women. Hear about the women’s stories, fall in love with and purchase their products. In this way they have the opportunity to directly contribute in supporting a stable future for themselves and their children which benefits the whole community.
Our method is to offer skill-training and employment to women from all backgrounds and social situations. We are devoted to reaching poor, marginalized and at-risk women in Nepal. We aim to help them avoid at-risk situations before they end up in them
You can support Kriayt and the women of Nepal by purchasing their Aromatherapy Toys and Accessories in our online store here.