5% of every purchase is donated to support the women who sustain the habitats that feed our botanicals.
Growing olive trees in agroforestry farming systems delivers exceptional social impacts for local village women. Agroforestry promotes biodiversity and delivers a higher quality harvest with olive, crop and medicinal produce. Increasing global demand provides a source of revenue which helps to fund community infrastructure, such as roads to connect new farming communities.
The women also become more exposed to public life outside of their villages, as they promote co-operative farming regionally, increasing output. This in turn helps villages to avoid depopulation with fewer people wanting to move to the bigger cities.
Local village women are empowered to make life changing decisions for their families. Previously, many children had to help their mothers in the fields with cultivation and harvest instead of going to school. The additional income that comes from crop diversification and the sale of olive oil helps to support their children's education. This includes the sale of citrus, fig, vegetables and medicinal oils such as chamomile, verbena and mint.
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION
The planting of climate change-resistant trees such as olive, carob and fig, enrich the soil to create new fertile growing areas; they also provide cover for the vegetables and herbs that grow below.
Agroforestry systems positively impact the quality of our harvested botanicals.
Olive trees are particularly resistant to climate change as their root systems help to reduce soil erosion and water loss. This in turn supports the growth of less resilient species like citrus, almond and plum. As biodiversity increases, so does the presence of new organic matter to enrich the high iron oxide content soils.
Furthermore, crop rotations with livestock help to increase soil carbon and nitrogen content, aided by the fibrous root systems of forage grasses. The resulting mineral rich growing environment feeds the botanicals that we extract for Rosa de Rose.