We recently gave dermalogica samples to a team of people from a local church, who were visiting Butembo, in the North East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the Jersey Company we wholeheartedly support JoinFITE, established by Dermalogica, who help women entrepreneurs all around the world fund microloans to start or develop their business. We saw this as a great opportunity to give something (however small) to women find themselves in challenging situations everyday, just like the women who apply to JoinFITE.Here's their story:
We travelled to DR Congo with the aim of establishing links within the city to partner with schools, hospitals and NGOs. One of the groups we'd previously worked with support ex-child soldiers and victims of rape. We spent time with them, listening to their stories and gave them gifts, including some of the dermalogica samples given to us by The Jersey Company.
The DR Congo has struggled to recover from war for the past 10 years and this area has very little input from aid groups as it still has a lot of rebel activity.
Lydia, one of the team members said: "It's hard to put into words some of the things that these people have already been through in the early stages of their lives. We wanted to bring a simple message of love."
Whilst we were there we also spent an afternoon with many of the women from one of the local churches. As communication was difficult due to the language barriers we decided the best way to communicate was demonstrating how to use the dermalogica product samples and then we let the women practice on each other. They had huge amounts of fun applying face masks, moisturisers and massaging each other's hands as well as a bit of nail painting. As you can see from the pictures they thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Pamper sessions don't usually feature highly in the lives of these women so they were really grateful.
A simple message of love speaks many languages! Thank you Jersey Company for helping to pamper women in the Congo.