KENZA International Beauty supports Turning Point for Women and Families

Host committee Iftar 2013
The Iftar dinner took place on July 21st, 2013 at Turkuaz restaurant in New York City and it was a great success.Thanks to the great Iftar host committee that pulled it together and the amazing friends that made it happened by being present. We were stunned by the overwhelming response we received. Different faiths were present, different races, different ages and even mayoral candidate John C. Liu came. They all made the effort to come from near and far just to be present on a Sunday night. We shared a lovely iftar dinner together, laughed, were moved by the heartbreaking story of a survivor, the words of a youth member, and the warm and inspiring speech of Robina Niaz.

Like a big family, we were all together standing against domestic violence in New York muslim community. And that is the only way we can all participate in the change we want to see in this world. Together, like a big FAMILY, for a happy, safe, honorable, peaceful, and dignified life for everyone.. Every woman, every man, every child.

Often we believe that we are too small to change anything, don’t have enough to help, or just don’t know how to do it. Just get involved, act, and support a cause that speaks to your heart. Give back: money, skills, time, kind words or just a sincere hug.

Thanks again for your participation, your support and your love for Turning Point for Women and Families. See you next year, Inch’Allah / God willing, in a bigger venue for our growing family.

Turning Point for Women and Families
Turning Point for Women and Families

Turning Point for Women and Families is a grassroots, community-based organization in Queens addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training, particularly in the area of domestic violence. It offers culturally competent services to respond to the wide gap between needs and programs available to this community.

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This year I was part of the Iftar host committee and KENZA International Beauty was honored to donate packages of our KENZA “be generously beautiful”™ skin & hair care line.

We are honored to partner with Turning Point for Women and Families. We will offer all friends of Turning Point a 5% discount on all our products and we will give back 10% or our net profits to stand against domestic violence in New York City.
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KENZA International Beauty is a corporate social enterprise providing Pure Moroccan Beauty Oils and supports social change for women in the US & Morocco.
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KENZA International Beauty’s second visit to the women cooperative in Arazane, Morocco – April 2013

On the way to Arazane - The Argan forest
On the way to Arazane – The Argan forest

It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since I first visited the women of the Tirizite cooperative in June 2012, a memorable experience I shared with all of you (see article here).

Since then, and thanks to your support, we have successfully launched our KENZA International Beauty enterprise to promote positive social change for women in the United States and Morocco. Thus, I felt it was time to return to the Tirizite cooperative to share our progress with the women and to make a donation.

After a final five hour drive from Ouarzazate, I arrived to Arazane where the lovely ladies welcomed us (I was with my son and a cousin this time) by singing traditional Berber songs.

Welcomed by the Cooperative Director
Welcomed by the Cooperative Director
From  Ouarzazate to Arazane.
From Ouarzazate to Arazane.
Welcome songs for us.
Welcome songs for us.

I was overwhelmed by many emotions: happy to see them again, touched by their hospitality, but also sad to see not much had changed for them since my first visit.

Still, they expressed gratitude, hope, and joy for our mutual success. We discussed our concerns, projects, and plans over some lovely food they prepared and I showed them the video and pictures we took during my first visit. They laughed, sang, danced, and for one short night they were able to forget their difficult lives.

Meeting with the women at the cooperative.
Meeting with the women at the cooperative.

We had Moroccan tea, tagine, couscous, and pastries at a dinner hosted by Latifa (the cooperative Director) with all of the women and their kids.

Dinner party at Women Cooperative in Arazane
Dinner party at Women Cooperative in Arazane

After the delicious meal, came the time to share some donations we brought from the US: money, new clothes for the women and their children, and t-shirts graciously donated by The New York Women’s Foundation that KENZA International Beauty also support (see articles here).

Gifts from the New York Women's Foundation.
Gifts from the New York Women’s Foundation.
Distributing the gifts
Distributing the gifts

At this time, the emotions filled the room quickly as I could see joy in their eyes. They all loved the gifts but, most of all, they loved the fact that others generous people cared about them, were willing to help them, and give them hope for a better future.

The tearful goodbyes and long hugs were touching as they insisted in giving me a beauty treatment with Argan oil the next day before my departure.

From nuts, kernels to Argan oil. At women cooperative in Arazane
From nuts, kernels to Argan oil. At women cooperative in Arazane

Video: Argan beauty treatment at the cooperative in Morocco

I was happy to have returned to Arazane; this visit motivates me to redouble my efforts to help these women and the women and girls in New York City with the help of all my generously beautiful friends.

KENZA International Beauty supports social change for Women in the US & Morocco
KENZA International Beauty supports social change for Women in the US & Morocco


“Generosity is giving more than you can, pride is taking less than you need”
– Khalil Gibran