A Social Enterprise shares the generous beauty of Argan oil

A Social Enterprise supports an Argan oil women cooperative in Morocco
A Social Enterprise supports an Argan oil women cooperative in Morocco

In October, I returned to Arazane, Morocco for the annual contribution that KENZA International Beauty makes to the Tirizite women cooperative that produces the KENZA Pure Argan oil. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMwtGwkFLRc

Upon arrival, I found out the coop had run out of Argan nuts and unable to produce Argan oil for the last two weeks, that the price of Argan nuts had doubled because of a recent drought, and that the coop had an outstanding bill from its last purchase of Argan nuts during the summer. Although the supplier had delivered the previous Argan nuts order on credit, he now needed to be paid in full before delivering any more Argan nuts.

Meeting with the Argan nuts supplier.
Meeting with the Argan nuts supplier.

With the Argan nuts supplier
With the Argan nuts supplier
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This is when I decided that paying the coop outstanding debt and the cost of the new Argan nut order was a better way for my social enterprise to help the women cooperative rather than just distributing cash to them. This way, the coop was able to purchase 4,464 lbs. of Argan nuts that the women will use to produce about 18 gallons of pure Argan oil (both the edible and the cosmetic kind) and be debt free.

I was also pleasantly surprised by a few other developments at the coop:

– A very nice playground was built for the children community of Arazane on the coop grounds by “1040i for Humanity”, an American non-profit organization from Oklahoma. This playground is a wonderful facility for the local community as it is rare to see playing areas designated for children in Morocco.(Read more here)

– The women coop has a new building with reception area, shop, office, production lab, classroom, and a working room where the women crack the Argan nuts.

– The women coop has expanded its product line to include whole wheat and semolina couscous, exfoliating masks made out of Argan kernels, black soap with orange blossoms essential oil, and other beauty products.

New building for the cooperative
New building for the cooperative
New building for the cooperative
New building for the cooperative

New products at the cooperative
New products at the cooperative
Women classroom at the cooperative
Women classroom at the cooperative

Something that is in great need at the coop is an on-site day care for the pre-school children of the coop women. The daycare would allow these children to play, learn, and socialize with other kids instead of spending their day watching their moms crack the Argan nuts. I will focus on this project next with the help of all my “beautiful friends”.

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1040i Playground Project in Arazane
1040i Playground Project in Arazane

On my last visit to the cooperative in Arazane, Morocco in October, I was happy to see what 1040i, a great non profit organization in Oklahoma, had built for the children and the community.

Watch this video:

Visiting the Women Cooperative in Arazane, Morocco - Oct 2014
Visiting the Women Cooperative in Arazane, Morocco – Oct 2014

I am glad that other organizations from the United States are helping this community in Arazane.

Here more on their project:
Today’s mission was to begin building a playground for the children in the community of Arazane. Nothing like this has ever been built in this community, and the people are so excited to have a safe place for their children to play and grow up. The memories that will be made swinging on the swings with friends are waiting with anticipation. Today was only step one. The foundation has been laid, and our plan has been put into action. Tomorrow the playground will begin to take its shape.

Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization Arazane, Morocco
Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization
Arazane, Morocco
Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization Arazane, Morocco
Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization
Arazane, Morocco

Read their blog to see all the amazing, life changing projects they are involved in:

A full documentary on our third visit to the women cooperative in Arazane is coming soon. Stay connected and see how we helped them this year.

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Can a Social Enterprise Thrive?

THE NEW STARTUP MATH
INC. Magazine – October 2014

An analysis of the data generated by the Kauffman Foundation’s Firm Survey (one of the longest and largest studies ever of privately owned startups) shows that KENZA International Beauty has several of the key factors for thriving over the next three years (we just had our second anniversary in September).

However, as shown by the study, having a higher level of capital would greatly improve the chances for growing into our fifth year. This is where you can help tilt the odds in our favor by voting for us.

KENZA International Beauty Chase Mission Main Street Grant
KENZA International Beauty
Chase Mission Main Street Grant

This year we are participating in the $150,000 CHASE Mission Main Street Grant for small businesses and we need 250 votes to qualify. You can vote for KENZA International Beauty at this link: http://shar.es/1axhM5

The CHASE grant would help us bring our business to the next level. It would allow us to introduce new beauty products, invest in marketing, upgrade and optimize our website, develop our wholesale business, and perhaps even hire staff. In the end, the grant would help us generate more sales and, consequently, our support for women.

The INC. magazine charts summarize the effect of various factors (gender, age, race, amount of startup capital, and intellectual property) on company outcomes: survival, closure, or merge/acquisition after five years.

Some of the results:

-Companies with the highest level of startup capital (more than $100,000) had the highest chance for survival (about 64%).
– While the sample group had three times as many companies founded by men as by women, there was no statistical difference between male- and female-led companies outcome (about 58% were in business after five years while another 5% had merged with other companies)
– The highest five-year survival rate (about 60%) was for companies founded by people in their 40s (as myself)
– intellectual property had no significant effect on company outcome

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