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4 days ago

Vilostrada
Friends, be safe in these challenging times. Morocco and we will be right here when the storm passes. Stay safe. Hug your loved ones. Lots of love. 

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Friends, be safe in these challenging times. Morocco and we will be right here when the storm passes. Stay safe. Hug your loved ones. Lots of love.

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warm hugs and sunny greetings

5 days ago

Vilostrada
Our Sahara welcomes you when the world opens up again. Marhaba. 

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Our Sahara welcomes you when the world opens up again. Marhaba.

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Thank you, same to you.

6 days ago

Vilostrada
One happy guardian of the Sahara sharing her peace with all of us around the world. 
Run for me too, dear Naia. We reunite in the future. 

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One happy guardian of the Sahara sharing her peace with all of us around the world.
Run for me too, dear Naia. We reunite in the future.

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2 weeks ago

Vilostrada
A reflection from my filmmaker friend Remi Bumstead who recently visited us in Sahara during the Janga Bus adventure. 
Live to Love the Road. 

#travel #morocco #vilostrada

A reflection from my filmmaker friend Remi Bumstead who recently visited us in Sahara during the Janga Bus adventure.
Live to Love the Road.

#travel #morocco #vilostradaComing back home after finishing the @jangabus project has been a pretty odd experience. On the one hand it was so nice to come back to my home, my space, and my plants. But on the other hand I now cannot leave it hah.

This is a very strange time for everyone across the world but it is a shared experience. We are all in it together. People are talking about making the most of this time, doing lots of things - ‘Shakespeare wrote shit loads of plays in quarantine blabla..’ And yeah if this is what you want to do then fuck yeah go for it. However it is also a chance to rest, take stock, contemplate, just be rather than do. The planet is also allowed to just rest and be for a while too which I’m sure she is very happy about.

There’s gonna be some big changes and possibly things will never go back to the way they were. This is a good chance to think about what’s important.

Also I realised I have a lot of pictures of sand đŸȘ
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3 weeks ago

Vilostrada
When you keep shopping from us, we keep feeding amazing artisans of Morocco. 

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When you keep shopping from us, we keep feeding amazing artisans of Morocco.

#shopfair #moroccoJag försörjer 250 fattiga och deras familjer. HjÀlp mitt företag att överleva!
I morse lÀmnade jag Marocko bakom mej. Jag lÀmnade en hel hög med freelancande mÀnniskor som inte kommer att ha nÄgon försörjning den nÀrmsta tiden. jag kan inte lÄta mitt företag gÄ i graven. det Àr för mÄnga mÀnnsikor som behöver mej.
Jag har spendarat den sista veckan med att utbilda dem kring immunförsvar och vad de kan göra för att hÄlla sej lugna.
Nu Àr jag pÄ vÀg hem och hoppas bara kunna fortsÀtta handla av dem, stötta dem..
Vi lyfter smÄ entreprenörer som lever pÄ sitt hantverk, produktutvecklar, coachar, marknadsför. För att de sak ha en bra lön. Vi gör det med hjÀrta och sjÀl. FamiljekÀnslan Àr stark.

Jag önskar inge över konsumtion men om du kan o vill handla, dela, berÀtta för era vÀnner om det arbetet vi gör sÄ hjÀlps vi Ät att stÀrka rÀttvis handel och försörja en hel massa mÀnniskor.
Vi ger alltid genersöt av vÄra inkomster det Àr dÀrför vi Àr pÄ plats men nu lovar jag att ge 10% av alla intcÀkter direkt till behövande familjer för att de ska fÄ mat pÄ sina bord.
Tacksam!
www.nomamarrakech.se

LÀs mitt inlÀgg frÄn igÄr hÀr:
Today I did the family round... among the people in my team here. I can calculate about 250 good hearted people here in Marrakech. People that would never steal, never cheat someone, always offer a smile and a kindness, always give more than they get. The people that took my son round in a carossa since he was a baby, the people who stand up for me in conflict, the people who serve us the sweetest tea and ask how my family is. the people that would offer me the roof tops to do yoga in sunset, creating unforgettable memories for visitors, that would almost give away a carpet just to make a client smile. The people that create the most beautiful things of wood, ceramic and art. The once that knows how much i love them and their city.
I had to put my hand into my pocket so many times. Because i know they have nothing.
Those people...
this is what I am here for.

This is why I hope my business will survive.
those people

I bought a round of pomegranate juices for the homeless, giving them some vitamins, I secured the food on the table for some people, in the empty streets of this town.

There is so much fear in the air... near neurosis. young men in face maskes heading for the bus station going back to their mums, with our without a virus. The doors of most of the small souk shops are shut and no cafes are allowed to serve food. The mosques are calling out prayers but no one can go.
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I am now heading for a flight home on Thursday. away from my love. away from my business. to uncertainty. I know... this is why I meditate. My mind is calm, mostly. My heart is breaking for the world as we live in.
I support 250+ craftsmen.
In my mind I can just hope that we in this become so much more conscious about who makes the stuff that we buy. these are people with good hearts, some things fall appart
but damn... may it not be our family.
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4 weeks ago

Vilostrada
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4 weeks ago

Vilostrada

Two happy Nomads with no worries in the world. Sahara, I love you. May your peace comfort the world during the coming weeks. Live to Love the Road.
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1 month ago

Vilostrada

#Internationalwomensday celebrated with the Vilostrada friends, women & girls of Hay Massira. Henna, smiles, laughter and my tea (roibos with agave syrup).
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1 month ago

Vilostrada
Souk textile treasures. 
I go each week to simple soak in the beauty of patterns, color and to let my imagination fly free to what they could become. The local Draa women buy 5 m and wrap themselves cleverly in them... me? I made curtains, kaftans, headscarves and blouses. / 😉 Victoria

Your ideas?

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Souk textile treasures.
I go each week to simple soak in the beauty of patterns, color and to let my imagination fly free to what they could become. The local Draa women buy 5 m and wrap themselves cleverly in them... me? I made curtains, kaftans, headscarves and blouses. / 😉 Victoria

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Halloj! Jag skulle behöva uppdatera tyget vid uteköket som utstått både sol och regn :).

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Together, we make the Sahara Green and Clean

“If you feed the innocent people, kids, you make them happy and bring joy to their hearts. If you ask me the price I would say not even the whole universe is enough.” – Amazigh proverb. Sunday October 21st, the… Continue Reading →

Nomad people are masters in improvising

Welt online  March 25th, 2017 Nomad people are masters in improvising (follow link to read original in German) by Luise Wagner Translated by Alexander Vogt Below the picture: A trip on a camels back offers a magnificent view – yet shouldn’t… Continue Reading →

First day of school in Tanmirt Desert Camp

A productive first day of school in the Tanmirt Desert camp with Susan Lock as our artisan instructor from Nerja, Spain. “I traveled here to share my passion for crafts and look forward to exchanging ideas with the Nomads and… Continue Reading →

Honoring Amazing Women

All humanÂŽs need to be equal and have the right to live a happy life. Our eyes meet, (yes, we are strangers but in our work in Morocco), the laughter and sisterhood/ humanity carry our mutual work. In the smiles… Continue Reading →

Vilostrada Kids share stories from Tanmirt, Sahara

Today Lucas and Maj, our amazing Vilostrada Kids, held presentations about the Vilostrada Foundation’s work in Sahara at CEIP Enrique GinĂ©s, the local school in Frigiliana. Lucas 12 years shares: “I thought it was very interesting and fun to explain… Continue Reading →

Moringa seeds and a birthday party

Today is a great day to plant Moringa seeds as a symbol of love, to give back to the heart of humanity and Sahara with new life. Each seed we plant with my nomad family, will remind us that we… Continue Reading →

Vilostrada turns a new page in the book of life 2017

Oh, how I wish you could all experience Sahara with is eternal wisdom and peace. I can at least try to bring you with me through our photos, videos and blogs. No photo can give it justice but simply create… Continue Reading →

Shoes to bring smiles to Sahara

Tuda 4 years smiles with her whole body. She looks with big happy eyes when Maj, our daughter 8 years, walks towards her with a shoebox, wool socks and a yellow teddy bear. The smile creates a ripple effect through… Continue Reading →

The Shoe Box Christmas Miracle

108 SHOE BOXES!!!! Our dear friend Susan Geraldine Lock encouraged us to start a shoe box fundraiser for our nomad children in Tanmirt, Sahara. The amazing principal Teleforo at Enrique GinĂ©s in Frigiliana made sure it became a success. Lucas… Continue Reading →

Julakuten secures education for a year in Tanmirt, Sahara

“All children have the right to education” is a vision that unites our volunteer powers in the Vilostrada Foundation’s yearly event “Julakuten” in Onsala, says Victoria Ahlen, founder. “Together we can now provide education during the next year and that… Continue Reading →

Wisehug from Wisehub

“Row 19, please keep up the good job and keep distrupting with your happiness and laughter, thank you for making this overseas flight such an enjoyable one for all of us.” Could you imagine if this was the ordinary comment… Continue Reading →

Water is life. We dit it! Tanmirt – Thank you.

Water is life! We did it – together! On October 30, 2016, together we funded the Tanmirt Project Step 1 with the nomads. We funded the solar panel fueled pump and 400 m of tube to the nomad school in… Continue Reading →

Tanmirt – 358 m left for running water

358 m of tube for running water, this is all that is left for part one of the Tanmirt project. How many meters can you support? 3,5€/m to secure life and education. On October 10-17, Hanna Sjögren (Rays of Me)… Continue Reading →

Why fair trade with Morocco?

Vilostrada seeks genuine beauty and we #shopfair with the artisans. When we first visited Chefchaouen in September 2013, we followed our hearts that told us it was Morocco we must return to. Back then, Joakim and I were two IT-entrepreneurs who… Continue Reading →

Fundraising for the heart of humanity – Tanmirt

Welcome to a fundraising evening dedicated to “The Joy of Cooking Together.” We challenge you to bring your smiles and stories but also pay it forward to people who remind us of who we really are as humans, the nomads… Continue Reading →

The Tanmirt Well of Life

Water is life. The heat is on in the desert and nomads move to water and shade for the next few months. In December 2015 and March 2016 on our visits, we have experienced the life of the nomads and… Continue Reading →

A Photograper’s Dream – Live to Love the Road

Live to Love the Road “With this exhibition, we want to show the beauty of Morocco but also show the joy in living a simple life. The rich colours and cultural diversity make Morocco the photographer’s dream,” says Joakim AhlĂ©n,… Continue Reading →

Thank you – Tanmirt

by Victoria and Lucas AhlĂ©n (this article will be published in Swedish in En Sueco in June 2016). In March I traveled with my son Lucas, 11 years, on an adventure with a goal to help the children in the desert… Continue Reading →

How the nomad cross led us to Sahara

One of my many days in Chefchaouen our first year, I was in Said Rincon’s store. My eyes caught a beautiful piece of jewelry. This piece became a great friend and a treasure I wear many of my days. This was… Continue Reading →

Costa Women supporting Common Ground

30 Costa Women socializing at newly opened Villa Dolores right outside Torre del Mar.  One of our hostesses Anncatrin Leveland, owner of Villa Dolores,  welcomed all guests with a glass of cava and Swedish tapas served on the terrace overlooking the… Continue Reading →

A background story, finding your soil

– Salam Alejkoum I greet the custom’s agent as I hand him my papers and passport. – Are you a Moroccan resident, the custom’s agent asks me? – No,  I simply love Morocco. I help 500 children since three years… Continue Reading →

Growing support for Common Ground

Our new desert project Common Ground Tanmirt launched April 6 and is slowly finding its course. We see spring in the air and happily welcome new partners to our network. All people and organisations who like us believe in all… Continue Reading →

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