Hello Chai Lovers,
Mother – that one word that cannot be defined in a single phrase; that embodies all the love a human being could possibly offer. To celebrate and show our appreciation to all the mothers out there we are running a very exciting and heartfelt campaign. It is our little contribution towards empowering women in needs. We are inviting you to join.
We will DONATE $3 for each bag sold for the MONTH of MAY to SEVEN WOMEN which is dedicated to supporting and helping empower marginalised women in Nepal through education and employment.
Since 2006, founder Steph from Melbourne has built up the Seven Women team and launched an Australian arm for fundraising and a sales channel for their ever growing operation in Nepal. 12 years after her meeting in a tin shed that started it all, over 5,000 women have been educated, trained and employed by Seven Women. We had a cup of chai with the founder Stephanie and found out more about her.
We also have lots of exciting news, including story of Prana Chai and recipe for Chai Crepes with Salted Caramel Apples & Figs by Krystle Manning too.
Mario, Koray, Vincent and whole Prana Chai family.
LET’S MAKE A CHANGE WITH US
As we mentioned, we will DONATE $3 for each bag sold for the MONTH of MAY to SEVEN WOMEN.
A quick story of Seven Women: During a trip to Nepal, Steph met seven women with disabilities who were operating out of a tin shed and experiencing harsh discrimination. Having witnessed the stark contrast between her quality of life and that of many women living in the impoverished country, she felt she had to do something to make a difference. Together with the seven women, a women's skills training centre was built with the profits from sales back here in Australia. This centre was a place for the women to live with dignity and learn skills that empower them economically.
Fast forward to today and the initial seven women have now taken on managerial roles at the centre, which now employs over 5000 women, and are keen to pass on their skills to others.
This project has become as successful as it has today because of the input and time donated by many. They have had a huge team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly and with passion and enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of women in Nepal.
Please see Seven Women’s website www.sevenwomen.org for more ways to support this project and help it continue to grow. You can also watch the trailer for the Seven Women's documentary to get an idea of what they are all about.
All you need to do is gift #OnlyTheGoodStuff to yourself or to mums who deserve the love, we will take care of the rest by DONATING $3 for each bag sold for the MONTH of MAY.
We will share at the end of May how much we've donated to bring light and to make a change
A Cup of Chai With Stephanie Woollard OAM from Seven Women
Stephanie Woollard began Seven Women at age 22 after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu. These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination. With her last $200, Steph paid for trainers to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad – and Seven Women was born.
- We've read the story how you started Seven Women 12 years ago, what is the biggest learning for you personally?
To pursue your passion and dreams however big they may be and believe in yourself. Many of us start on this journey feeling like we don't have enough skills, know how, knowledge. It's all an illusion - all we need is the passion and to take the first step- life will help us achieve the rest and make the next steps clear to us.
With goals that contribute to the greater good, life will step in and help you achieve them.
So my learning has been just to start and knowing you don't have to have all the answers. Plans evolve over time and if you are on the right track and living your purpose, it will unfold in perfect timing.
- What is a piece of advice you would give to 22 year old ladies Stephanie?
Don't entertain imposter syndrome. Do not follow rules that do not make sense. They have been created by people and can be changed by people. Set your own rules and live to the beat of your own drum.
No one knows everything about everything. Each person has something unique to contribute to our world. Follow the path that brings you the most joy and the rest will fall into place. (and even the challenges will not feel like challenges)
- What / who inspires you the most?
people who are 100% themselves and courageously speak their mind, especially when speaking up against injustice despite it not being the popular or commonly accepted option.
- What do you do when you feel down? Do you have any routines?
Get active- get out and smell the roses, go for a walk, hang out with friends who are positive and know me.
Movies I find are also good to snap you out of your current mindset and shift your thinking - by allowing you to step outside your own reality and into another for a few hours.
Also writing down successes in the past month and switching into the gratitude mindset. Sometimes we need reminders.
- Strange things about you?
I love dolphins and my first fundraiser ever was in year 10 at Ivanhoe girls grammar and I asked all my friends to bake a cake to raise money to sponsor two dolphins from the dolphin research institute with the profits.
- Your wildest dream?
To create a global network of movers and shakers that can shine light on the path for others and create opportunities for those wanting to make a difference to take the first steps.
- Where can people find you outside of work?
At Irish pubs listening to beautiful Irish music
CEO and Founder - Seven Women
CEO and Founder - Hands on Development
"Empowering marginalised women in Nepal through skills training, employment and education."
See the trailer to our documentary by clicking here
Prana Chai Story
Benefits of honey in Prana Chai
Australian honey: our secret weapon
Apart from tasting great, honey has so many unique qualities. The flavonoids it contains are antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Honey is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, particularly useful to good skin health, and is probiotic.
Honey does contain sugar, hence its use as a sweetener, but it's fructose and glucose ratio can help the body regulate blood sugar levels. Many honeys also have a low hypoglycaemic index so won’t jolt blood sugar levels either.
Doing More with Chai
Chai . . . It’s not just for sipping. There are countless ways to integrate healthy, tasty chai into your everyday life. Here is one for you:
Chai Crepes with Salted Caramel Apples & Figs
Crepes are a real weekend treat and always symbolise a slow, relaxing morning. These crepes use the nutritious whole grain gluten free flours of buckwheat and brown rice. I love using figs for the filling while they're in season, but you could swap the apples and figs for caramelised bananas or pears if that’s what you have on hand. 💛
Author: Krystle Manning
Serves 4 (makes 8 crepes)
Chai Tea Crepes:
1 heaped tbsp. Prana Chai
1 ½ cups boiling water
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup brown rice flour
Pinch of sea salt
3 free-range eggs
½ cup natural yoghurt (coconut or dairy)
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
(optional: for extra chai spice, add ½ teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom)
Salted Caramel Apples & Figs:
2 tbsps. coconut oil or organic butter
2 heaped tbsps. coconut sugar
Pinch sea salt
Extra natural yoghurt and maple syrup (optional), to serve.
- Place the chai and boiling water into a teapot or small, lidded saucepan to brew for 5 minutes. Strain the chai and allow it to cool.
- Add all of the crepe ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside for at least half an hour to allow the yoghurt to create a slightly ‘sourdough’ flavour.
- Meanwhile, peel, core and slice the apples into thin pieces and cut each fig into 6 pieces.
- Heat a heavy based frying pan over medium-high heat and add half a tablespoon of coconut oil or organic butter to cover the base.
- Pour in half a cup of the crepe mixture and pick up the handle and move the pan around above the hotplate to spread the mixture evenly around the pan.
- Cook each crepe for a minute on each side (or until the bubbles have popped and it is nice and golden). Remove from the pan, place on a plate and pop into a ‘just warm’ oven. Repeat with the remaining crepe mixture.
- Once you’ve finished the crepes, heat a medium sized saucepan over medium heat and add the coconut oil or butter and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the coconut sugar over the melted butter/oil and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the sliced apples and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat the apples in the caramel and cook for 5 minutes or until they have just softened and turned golden. Add the sliced figs, stir and then remove from the heat.
- Serve each crepe topped with natural yoghurt, salted caramel fruit and an extra drizzle of maple syrup if you please. Enjoy warm.
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