A little bit of context
The remote wilderness of the snowy Himalayan mountains is often associated with an array of medicinal plants; pristine lakes and herds of yaks. It is home to sacred traditions, rituals and cultural practices. But what is rarely talked about is the deeply ingrained patriarchal nature of Tibetan society, where gender roles are firmly defined.
But there’s a problem
Here, the role of women is traditionally confined to bearing children, herding livestock, fetching water and collecting wood for fuel. Women take on the most menial yet difficult of tasks and often do not have the opportunity to complete their education.
The majority of the jobs in Tibet (even low skilled jobs in construction)
are based in the major cities and would require men and women to
relocate from their villages and leave their families behind.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
Maya Mountain produces 100% natural soap, lovingly handcrafted by the ‘Tibetan Soap Ladies’ and is made from local yak milk.
Maya Mountain is empowering marginalised women in Tibetan villages with soap making skills that will help them become economically independent and self sufficient.
Maya Mountain will have an enormous impact on the lives of the Tibetan Soap Ladies - many of whom would never otherwise have the chance to create anything of their own. One of the Tibetan Soap Ladies said that soap making has given her, for the first time in her life, the ability to be creative.
Being able to stay in their
village and have a stable source of income will have tremendous impact
on the women's families and the economic future of their local village.
You can join us
We are looking to raise $25,000 AUD to help fund the continued efforts of Maya Mountain. The donation will make possible:
1. Establishment of a soap making facility
The donation will go towards establishing a soap making facility that is safe, clean and convenient for the Tibetan village women.
Having a safe space is important so that the women can store and access equipment, heat up base oils to make the soap, cure and dry the soap on shelves and cut the soap.
Temperature plays a big role in soap making. As the village where the soap is produced is located high in the mountains, so achieving a stable temperature can be very challenging, particularly in winter.
The donation will go towards establishing a facility, buying equipment and purchasing heaters to stabilise the temperature needed to make the soap.
2. Stable income for the Tibetan Soap Ladies
The initial capital funds have gone into setting up the enterprise and purchasing materials and ingredients for the soap. The donation will go towards giving the soap ladies a stable income. Over time, we aim to give the ladies more responsibilities so that they can run the social enterprise themselves.
3. Soap making ingredients
Maya Mountain yak milk soap is extremely high quality. It contains 100% natural ingredients such as pure Australian essential oils and daily fresh yak milk. The donation will go towards ensuring we can continue to buy the highest quality ingredients. It will also go towards shipping and postage costs.
And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without
We appreciate every donation - big or small. For donations over $30, we will send a bar of Maya Mountain yak milk soap.