Neal's Yard Remedies visits Bosnia Herzagovina
The Neal's Yard Remedies/Women for Women International partnership benefits disadvantaged women across the world

Women helping women: NYR and Women for Women International

26 May, 2015

We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Women for Women International in 2015.

Our partnership is built on our shared passion for promoting economic well-being, empowering communities, and creating long-term positive change.

As well as raising funds for WFWI’s global programmes, we have, in the past, collaborated on many of their flagship fundraising events and campaigns.

These are some of the ways we are working together to open up opportunities for marginalised women and their families:

Health and beauty with a purpose

Neal’s Yard Remedies has been supporting WFWI’s work since 2011, marking International Women’s Day each 8th March by donating 10% of all sales of their ethical organic health and beauty products. Shop online or in their stores on the day and every purchase will help support the poorest women affected by war and conflict to transform their futures.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina herb project

We recently travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit the WFWI Medicinal Herb Project, part of their job skills programme to empower and educate women in countries affected by war to rebuild their lives and communities.

We met some amazing women who grow and harvest their own herbs, and they have created an exclusive loose leaf ‘Friendship Tea’ to symbolise a blossoming relationship.

Made with a refreshing blend of lemon balm, peppermint and nettle – all grown and hand-picked by the women we met in Bosnia – our limited edition Friendship Tea will energise the body, cleanse the mind and most importantly, support the amazing work of Women for Women International.

Neal’s Yard Remedies is donating £1 from every packet to support Women for Women International. In addition to financial support, Neal’s Yard Remedies will be lending our 30-year expertise to scale up this project and bring it into our ethical supply chain.

Meet Stella

Photo of Stella

Stella is now a member of the Mbu 23 Women’s Group in Enugu State

Our partnership extends beyond herb-growing and economic empowerment in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Stella, from Enugu State in Nigeria, is one of the ten women Neal’s Yard Remedies is sponsoring through our year-long programme this year. We are also funding ‘sisters’ in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Stella is divorced, and looking after two sons on her own – which makes supporting the family even more of a struggle. On average, the women like Stella who enroll in our Nigeria programme earn just £0.19 per day. 69% are unable to read or write.

By working with WFWI, Neal’s Yard Remedies has helped change things for Stella. She is now enrolled in the programme, along with 24 other women from her community, and is looking forward to a brighter, more independent future.

About Women for Women International

Women for Women International is an organisation that helps support women survivors of war around the world to rebuild their lives by giving them:

  • Financial & emotional aid
  • Job skills training
  • Rights education
  • Small business assistance

Find out more about Women for Women International by clicking the link to the left.