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Maarten Dickinson

Longsheng Visit (Dec 2022): PCR Tests, Gift Bags & Gratitude

Here is a recap of the trip we made to Longsheng to visit the Red Yao in December 2022.

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Maarten Dickinson

Interview with Viori's Local Ambassador: Pan Qi Yun

In the SPOTLIGHT: Viori's Local Ambassador: Pan Qi Yun. Every month Viori's sustainability team visits Longsheng for our local Beautiful Reason Initiatives and to spend time with our friends in the village. In the interview below we sat down with Pan Qi Yun, who has been a part of Viori's family from the very start. --------------------------------------------------------------------INTERVIEW WITH Pan Qi Yun:  Hi Auntie Qiyun! You have been a Viori Ambassador since Viori started by being so generous in sharing your culture with us and allowing us a firsthand experience into your daily life. To thank you for this we'd like to...

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Maarten Dickinson

Interview with Longsheng's new kindergarten teacher: Xiao Pan

Last week Viori's CSR team sat down with Xiao Pan, who is a newly appointed teacher at the local kindergarten in Longsheng. Just before the summer, Viori heard about the local school being in need of an additional teacher, but lacked the funding to pay for the salary. The existing current teacher, Mr Yu, taught all the kids by himself and was heavily overstretched. Viori reached out to the local education department saying it was willing to sponsor the salary of any teacher who could help Teacher Yu out. Coming from Longsheng, Xiao Pan happily applied for the position, and...

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Maarten Dickinson

Meet the Red Yao Women of Longsheng

This post is part 1 of a 2 part series where we shine the spotlight on some of the Red Yao women of Longsheng. Each of the women you'll meet here plays an important role in our Beautiful Reason Initiatives (BRI) and inspires us with their natural beauty and lovely personalities! As part of Viori's Social Responsibility team, we meet with these ladies monthly, and all of us have become more like family than business associates. We sit down together, drink tea, and have thoughtful chats about life— and of course, we discuss our shared vision, progress, and plans for BRI projects. ...

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Maarten Dickinson

Beautiful Reason Initiative: Local School Donation

Beautiful Reason Initiative: Local School Donation - Round 1 Last month Viori got the chance to make it's first donation towards the local elementary school in Longsheng. Each classroom received a whole new set of high quality chairs and tables - a need which had been high on the agenda of the local schoolteacher (previous tables were in decay and didn't mathc the student's height causing physical discomfort while studying. Like with all the community work we do in Longsheng, we are grateful to our customers for making this possible! Do you have any questions about our work in Longsheng?...

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Maarten Dickinson

Meanwhile in Longsheng...A Complete Journal of Viori's times spent among the Red Yao Community

Curious about the Red Yao and beautiful Longsheng? Follow us here where we'll share pictures and stories from our latest visits, and on-the-ground updates on our current Beautiful Reason Initiative projects.

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Maarten Dickinson

Longsheng Local Cooperatives (co-ops).

Longsheng Producers Cooperatives (co-ops). What are they and how does Viori support them?  Why co-ops? One of the biggest challenges of rural communities is their lack of 'market-power'. What is meant by this is their inability to compete with larger scale producers that are able to create economies of scale due to advantages in funds, efficient managements, geographical advantages, and more. Villages consists of many different families which function as a large group of individual producers that aren't operating as one unit.   Being individual producers means separately buying equipment & raw materials; separately producing the product (eg: agricultural crops,...

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Maarten Dickinson

2021: $100,000 towards our Social Mission!!

We have come so far in such a short period of time. We could not have dreamed of being able to announce something so big, so soon. This year Viori has spent $100,000 USD towards its social mission!! A big part of our success, if not all, is measured by how well we are able to serve the people that inspired starting our company: the Red Yao community. We are a business, but a business with a mission: "To create highly effective, all natural cosmetics while preserving the values and traditions of the Red Yao Women for future generations" This...

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Maarten Dickinson

Beautiful Reason Initiative #2:
Red Yao Embroidery Program

See how the second BRI project will celebrate Red Yao embroidery -- an ancient and important part of Red Yao culture. Last updated: January, 2022

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Maarten Dickinson

Beautiful Reason Initiative #1: Longsheng All-Natural Rice Project (2021 - ongoing)

Our first project for the Beautiful Reasons Initiatives program is in full swing! Get project details and an on the ground report from our latest visit to Longsheng.

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