Yesterday at Leo & Lotus we spent a lot of money on some stunning marble slabs that we are going to make into tiles for a home. We ordered 40 metres of the most divine silk velvet I have ever seen. We finalised a few bathroom drawings that have gone in for pricing .. . so much money spent in one day on some gorgeous homes. Today we will spend more.
At 8:45 pm last night I sat down at my laptop to read the emails I missed while I was at puppy school with our newest addition.
Loading, loading, scrolling, I stopped, I knew what was in the attachment.
My eyes burned, I didn't want to cry, my arms ached, that familiar sick feeling smothered my body. Did we get the right ones? did they look the same? would they smile? How would their eyes look?
I had been sent photos from the Mahaguthi Ashram in Kathmandu. Photos of the newest intake receiving the sewing machines Leo & Lotus had bought for them. I know the sewing machines wont fix the wrongs, but they give the girls a start. These girls could work hard, they were determined & they had the emotional skill to survive. Leo & Lotus had just given them a small hand up.
It was a year ago that I had met them with Amanda Jane Fox (Dames & Divas.) These girls we met are some of 'The Abandoned & Destitute of Nepal.'
I remember when we were introduced, the desperation & fear in their eyes, their hurt & their courage. I remember going back to my hotel room that night & allowing the tears to silently flow down my face. I had been fighting them all day, these girls did not need my sadness, they needed a voice.
All the girls we met that day had no human rights, few people would care if they died. They were the same as the girls I had meet on previous years. Their only mistake was that they were born female in a developing country.
This is why I love design more & more. It gives me an opportunity to slightly balance the scale.
At Leo & Lotus we create gorgeous interiors for some amazing people with extremely successful careers. Their careers are not a birth right, they are because of persistence & hard work. A beautiful home is something they are proud of & have worked hard to achieve.
Leo & Lotus Interiors all come with a guarantee that you will change some ones life for the better. You will give someone with no human rights an opportunity to support themselves, to educate themselves, to sleep in a bed at night & live close enough to a clean water supply. This is because Leo & Lotus gives 100% of our profit back to the artisans or communities they come from. We receive no salaries, we simply give all our profit back.
Imagine sleeping soundly in your beautiful Leo & Lotus home, knowing that you have given someone with no human rights a chance. Just like Kusum, Samjhana, Melina, Nisha, Sangeeta, Pushpa, Rupa, Rama, Sarita ...
'Be the change that you want to see in the world' Mahatma Gandhi