Managing Director Jason Firmager was invited along to the Esimbi first year gala in London, to celebrate the work that founder of the social enterprise Tina Lobondi and her team have done during the past year.
It is scientifically proven that helping others makes us feel good about ourselves, and this is perhaps one of the reasons that holistic therapy is such a rewarding job, even when it has challenges that all businesses and industries face.
Tina is an award-winning fashion designer and gets to travel the world and share her creativity through her clothes designs for women… “ I know I am privileged, and I believe it is important for me to help those that are less fortunate than I have been… yes, I make women feel good about themselves through my designs, but helping young people is very important to me,” Tina says.
Tina has raised more funds and awareness for Esimbi, which was set-up primarily to provide vocational training with secured employment (via an Apprenticeship Project and an Apprenticeship Resource Hub) to young adults in the UK and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is achieved by collaborating with its alliance charities.
“ESIMBI meaning “it works” in Lingala, one of the languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo… And the best thing about ESIMBI is that ‘it works’ -to help young people work for themselves, allowing them to hold their futures in their own hands. I was fortunate to have a good start and sound education, and this is my main reason for wanting to give the gift of inspiration, empowerment and achievement to as many young people in the Congo and UK as possible… and education is the key to freedom for them.”
HTM believes in supporting good causes, especially those involved with training and education, helping others do the career they wish to.
The Esimbi fundraising continues and to find out more go to Esimbi.org, and you can support the social enterprise by buying one of their Limited-Edition soy candles from Pick n Melt: https://www.picknmelt.com/product/kinshasa-dreams/