Meet with Stephan Helary

French botanist and product developer Stephan Helary is the man behind the Terres d’Afrique idea, which combines traditional African botanical ingredients in powerful combinations and concentrations. Dr Helary has spent most of his life in Madagascar and on the African continent, traveling and exploring aspects of life in Africa, which is his passion.

Fascinated by the intrinsic value of the unique plants, and brought up by a passionate and liberal family, his education in the outdoors and nature was supported by a rigorous love for science and biology. During these formative years, he became aware of the necessity of protecting biodiversity but also the social and economic challenges of doing so. In one of the poorest country in the world, preserving natural resources was glaringly obvious.

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Meet with Omar Benjelloun

Omar Benjelloun was looking for a long time for a way to express his fascination towards the nature and history of his country. The meeting with the language of scents was a blinding revelation.

Omar was then introduced to the art of perfumery where for two years he undertook training courses at the Perfumery School of Grasse.

With his experience in design and advertising, he started the Ulili adventure in 2011, convinced that a brand of scents with Moroccan roots, yet demanding and passionate, could seduce people in Morocco and all over the world.

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Meet with Laura Coppen

In early 2013, Laura Coppen made a trip to Kenya, to help a weaving community develop their skills, and fell deeply in love with both the place and the people.

She discovered an incredibly rich level of craftsmanship with skilled and talented artisans who were using a wide variety of techniques, which have been passed on through generations.

With her training and insight into textile design, Laura created Kahoko: a contemporary lifestyle label made with sustainable and renewable natural materials, which is fair trade compliant and 100% made in Kenya.

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Meet with Marioara de la Tara

Marioara de la Tara bought Wild Olive African Artisans in 2007, initially to use it as a platform for education, for the Xhosa speaking people hailing from the Tranksei, who migrate to Cape Town. After arriving here, and only speaking their mother tongue, it is often hard for South Africans to find work, especially in the urban environment.

Marioara has patiently spent numerous hours teaching English and other skills including soap making, candle pouring and cosmetic manufacturing to those who today have become the Company’s strongest asset.

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