Roses from Afganistan
Rose Project in Afghanistan organised by German Agro Action
To provide the people of Afghanistan with an alternative to growing opium poppy, German Agro Action supports some 200 farmers in cultivating roses to produce essential rose oil. As the manufacturer of Dr.Hauschka Skin Care, WALA Heilmittel GmbH contributes not only its expertise to the project; net proceeds from the sale of Dr.Hauschka Cosmetic Bags are also donated directly to the rose project.
Scent of Roses in the Desert – IRAN
There is a scent of roses in the air. Hans Supenkämper walks with Mahdi Maazolahi between the tall willow trees silhouetted against the brilliant blue sky and the building containing the distillery to the place where the compost is maturing. The 4000-metre high mountains in the distance are still covered in snow but the two men, so different from each other, are already beginning to feel the heat of this May day. The agriculturist Hans Supenkämper, a tall, sturdy man with gentle eyes, is a WALA consultant on biodynamic agriculture who advises farmers in Iran. Today he is visiting the fields of the mountain village Mehdi Abad with the agricultural adviser of the Zahra Rosewater Company, Mahdi Maazolahi, to appraise the compost started the previous autumn.
Shea Butter Burkina Fas
In 2001 WALA Heilmittel GmbH began supporting a shea butter project in Burkina Faso. In this project, women in several villages within a protected, certified organic collecting area for shea (or karité) nuts produce raw shea butter (beurre de karité) in the traditional manner. For many families the sale of shea butter is an important source of income. WALA helps to preserve these village communities by purchasing the shea butter from the villages at above-average prices and giving long-term purchase guarantees. Through the project the villages receive financial, advisory and organisational assistance with obtaining organic certification. In August 2004 the second main inspection for organic certification took place, which means that the project has reached a further milestone.