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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
How are our KENZA Pure Moroccan Beauty Oils different?
Our oils are USDA Organic, registered with the FDA for their authenticity, ISO 9001 certified for quality, sustainably sourced, produced by women cooperative, and support social change for women in the USA & Morocco.
We are proud to donate a percentage of our profits to the New York Women’s Foundation (http://www.nywf.org/event/cwb2013/). This year they are distributing over 5 million to more than 100 grantees and changing women’s lives. Let’s all help them reach more grantees!
We also support and donate directly to a Women cooperative, in Morocco, that produces our KENZA Pure Argan oil. http://youtu.be/4zg8g_lTykM
By purchasing our KENZA “be generously beautiful”™ products you are getting the best natural beauty care products and contributing to global social change for women. That is the “be generously beautiful”™ vision.
Ofrecemos aceites marroquíes para la piel y el cabello: KENZA aceite puro de argan y KENZA aceite puro de semilla de la pera espinosa.
Nuestros aceites son certificado organicos (USDA), registrados con la FDA por su autenticidad, certificado por calidad (ISO 9001), de origen sostenible, producidos por una coperativa de mujeres en Marruecos, y apoyan cambio social para las mujeres en los EE.UU. y Marruecos.
Somos orgullosos de donar a la New York Women’s Foundation (Fundación de Mujeres de Nueva York) y a la cooperative de mujeres de Tirizite en Marruecos. Con su ayuda podemos ayudar a las mujeres en los EE.UU. y en Marruecos a ser financieramente independiente.
Although I have used Argan Oil for many years, I have to admit that it was not until earlier this year that I discovered Pure Prickly Pear Seed oil. This happens to be another beauty treasure from my native country of Morocco and which Europeans have been crazy about for many years already. It is a potent antioxidant beauty oil that it is currently the most sought after ingredient for the beauty and cosmetic industry.
Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil is also one of the most expensive beauty oils in the world. Its production requires a labor intensive and time consuming (up to four days) process manually handled by Moroccan women at cooperatives. The Prickly Pear seeds are separated from the pulp and are then dried before being cold pressed. Because each seed contains only 5% of oil, up to 60 lbs. of seeds (or half a ton of fruit) are required to yield about 34oz. of oil.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a high concentrations of Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and essential fatty acids (Linoleic Acid or Omega 6). This oil contains more Tocopherol (molecules with strong antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties) than any other oil available in the beauty care market (almost 1-1/2 times more Tocopherol than Argan oil).
I am myself a user and a fan of this precious oil. I had two large dark spots on my face due to hyper-pigmentation. My dermatologist prescribed the usual chemical “bleaching” hydroquinone creams as treatment.
However, my face skin had a bad reaction to the creams and it turned dry, itchy, with red spots. I immediately stopped using the creams, cancelled my follow up appointments, and instead decided to try this organic, pure, and natural product. I applied it religiously every night and, after a few months, I can show you that this precious oil does indeed work. My dark spot have diminished and my complexion is even and smooth. Also, my eye shadows are brighter while my skin is deeply moisturized and has a healthy, natural glow.
For people that, like me, have suffered with skin imperfections that make us feel uncomfortable, here is a completely natural product with exceptional components that, used in a concentrated form, will give you results.