Every smile, like, share, comment and purchase fuel us.
These people and companies make Vilostrada Foundation possible.
10% of all proceeds from Beach Yoga Linda‘s yoga proceeds support our work with Common Ground. Enjoy her classes on Burryana Beach in Nerja each Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. See her web for more activities.
The real meaning of Tanmirt in berber is Thank you – but for us it means “For Me and My Team”. We give the name tanmirt for the quiet dunes and places – the real Sahara desert that gives you the real image of the Sahara : dunes – hamada – acacia – nomades and of course camels. In general we can say , that we give the name tanmirt for the magical places off tracks where you will feel that you are really in the desert. But It our name that we give to where you [Joakim and Victoria Ahlén]have been in Xmas (2015). Tanmirt God for giving us this magical place that many people don’t know.
Estiféda and Vilostrada decided to collaborate during our first meeting at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014.
We share the mutual passion for all children´s right to an education. In February 2015, we collaborated in with the #CommonGroundKissa project that got selected to showcase at UNESCO and UN Women Mobile Learning Week 2015 in Paris, France.
Here are two blog posts:
Read more about their work at Edupronet.
Kasbah Rose is our home away from home in Tangier. A place where we can bring our clients, sit and have business meetings and use fast internet to support our non-profit missions in Morocco. Lorraine, Max and Hans Kleinveld kindly open doors for us to their vast network and share expertise in the Moroccan way to run business and projects after living here for more than 30 years. Max is a valued team member both for Common Ground and Vilostrada.
Through their network, we organized a donation of a piano to Association Darna’s children’s house.
In Onsala, Sweden, you can purchase Vilostrada artisan goods at Klippa. They share our mutual passion for doing good. Eirin Persson is also a close friend of Victoria’s and a superwoman. Eirin also is a part the board of Why5 for Life that is in charge of the project Common Ground.
“I support Vilostrada’s win-win business models. This is the only way to create sustainable change if you ask me – connecting social good with doing business”, says Eirin. Her children often support and follow her path. Her son bought his sister a Vilostrada bracelet on his birthday. All her children, we proudly named our young ambassadors.
Kerstin Sörbom, KS Utveckling, writes to us in April 2016:
“Finally we met last time I was in Morocco, the enthusiast Victoria Ahlén and I. We talked about the importance of responsibility and the joy in giving. How we can make a difference, ask why, this should be a given for all.
Imagine making a difference in children’s, our fellow man’s life buy purchasing a fantastic artisan crafted jewelry (made by the people where the profit goes back to the people), to support education and learning. ”
Så träffades vi äntligen sist jag var i Marocko. Eldsjälen Victoria Ahlén och jag.
Vi pratade om vikten, ansvaret och glädjen i att GE. Hur vi kan göra skillnad, frågan varför, ja den borde vara en självklarhet för alla.
Tänk att göra skillnad i barnens, medmänniskors liv igenom att tex köpa ett fantastiskt handarbetat smycke (gjord av kvinnor där förtjänsten går till kvinnor). Att stötta undervisning och lära ut.
“I believe in growing in collaboration, together. We can always learn from each other and create a better world,” says Hanna Sjögren, a dear friend and founder of the newly launched Rays of Me.
She also is a collaborational partner for Vilostrada sales in Sweden. This fall Hanna will join us to Tanmirt in October 2016 to meet the nomad families we support.
Wictoria Ostrelius supports Vilostrada and #commonground with design ideas for new products.
– To create and at the same time enable the children a chance to grow is enriching. I believe in karma. I am convinced, who ever gives, receives.
Twice Wictoria has traveled to Chefchaouen for inspiration for her work and help the mountain children with school material and clothes. The spring of 2015 her friends and daughter came with us on a journey. Read Julia and Ebba’s blog post>>
You will find more of Wictoria’s interior design projects on her company page Intro Inred.
Hanni Melnicenko, Unique Bootcamp Workouts, writes:
“We proudly partner with Common Ground because, like Victoria, we believe that the way to long-term help & sustainability is to support the development of enterprise, entrepreneurship & trade. It’s our belief that this is the only way that some of the groups and communities that Common Ground and Vilostrada work with in Morocco will become self-sustainable, and will continue to grow, build and flourish in to the future.”
Leon and Hanni Melnicenko, Unique Bootcamp Workouts, support us with digital expertise and act on our advisory board. Thanks to a fundraiser for their clients before Christmas, we raised almost €800 to our current nomad school project “Common Ground Tanmirt“.
One invaluable partner is the music production company UNÅ Music and its founders Ulf and Åsa Nomark. They are artists, composers and choir directors. They have a vision of a whole and united world – we are all connected and dependent on each other. The new Vilostrada community building project ”Common Ground” is named after a song “Common Ground“, UNÅ Music released early 2014.
”We live in a world were we need to start focusing on what unites us, our common ground”, Ulf explains. ”It’s time for building up, not tearing down” – a phrase from the song describing what we want to achieve in the project.
In June 2015, Ulf and Åsa joined us for a workshop in Dardara with creative minds – Building a global bridge with arts, friendship & entrepreneurship
Åsa Holmén, founder of åh! Betong och Återbruksdesign, joined us the summer of 2014 for the premiere VIVA exhibits in Onsala, Sweden. In her concrete/remake artisan shop she teaches courses and sells interior products for home & gardens in concrete and recycled materials. She is also a valued team member in our yearly fundraiser Julakuten in Onsala120.
In January 2015, Åsa traveled with us to teach crafts to rural women outside Chefchaouen during a week. You can read about her journey to Dardara/Chefchaouen with Common Ground here>>
When she returned to Sweden she incorporated Moroccan design in her concrete crafts.
Together we will include design & manufacture products that combine Moroccan artisan crafts with the Nordic style as one part of our project Common Ground. “I do what I love and I am happy to share the knowledge. Together we can build a sustainable society and lifestyle that I cherish,” says Åsa.
Would you like to participate? Send an email to hello(at)vilostrada.com.