The idea of Lotus Wonders was born in early 2013 after I spent more than 12 years working in Cambodia as a women’s rights advocate with the UN and other major international development agencies. I saw firsthand how hundreds of thousands of women had lost their livelihoods and the ability to provide for their families through widespread land evictions being carried out to make room for urban modernization. The women were left with no income, no local work, and often no money or means to travel to centers where they could find work. My vision for Lotus Wonders started with wanting to provide economic empowerment for these women, but quickly expanded to include any woman in Cambodia who suffers economic hardship and wants to be involved in our vision.
I know what it is like to have to leave the place you call home. I am a citizen of the world now, and when I tell people my story, I say I am a daughter of the land of Persia, I live in the magnificent land of Canada, but I was fortunate to be inspired by the land of Khmers - Cambodia. The idea for Lotus Wonders came out of my affection and respect for the Cambodian people - the strong and inspiring Cambodian women - and my passion for women's economic empowerment.
Listening and talking with these women in their villages, I felt compelled to do something! I knew that I would not be alone. Everyone I spoke to about the idea of Lotus Wonders embraced it. With the full, enthusiastic support of the wonderful women who became involved, we started Lotus Wonders as a social enterprise that would invest in women and at the same time, be a force for social change.
Finding a name
You may wonder about the name Lotus Wonders. The women of Cambodia adopted the lotus flower as a peaceful symbol of resistance to the issue of land evictions in their country. To us, the lotus flower perfectly embodies the beauty of the country of Cambodia, the wonderful women, and our products. And since Cambodia is also known as the Land of Wonders, these two aspects seemed perfect for our name!
Join Us !
We hope you will join us by investing in these women and their communities. When you purchase a Lotus Wonders product, you take us one step further towards realizing our goal of economic empowerment for women. Lotus Wonders has started in our first village of women and from there, we will extend our vision to the next village, and the next village, and the next village – changing harsh reality into a climate of hope, ONE VILLAGE AT A TIME.
Mehrak + the Lotus Wonders team