Friday, April 23, 2010

Bloom nominated for the Body Shop 2010 grant

I don't write about Bloom enough. Many things actually happen with Bloom but I have many interests which I blog about. Anyway, two weeks ago I received this email which made me very happy:

From: [name removed for privacy]@thebodyshop.com
To: "diana@bloomcambodia.com"
Sent: Thu, April 8, 2010 7:13:38 PM
Subject: INVITATION TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

Dear Ms Saw

Your organisation has been nominated by an employee of the Body Shop International for potential funding under our Asia Pacific Grants Programme at The Body Shop Foundation, the charitable trust of the company (www.thebodyshopfoundation.org).

We have attached a letter of invitation and an application form for you to complete and return to us by 14th June 2010 if you would like to apply for funding.

Can you please acknowledge receipt of this invitation by return email so that we know you have received our message and let us know if you will be applying for funding in 2010.

Yours sincerely
[name removed for privacy]
Grants Administrator
The Body Shop Foundation
Watersmead, Littlehampton
West Sussex, BN17 6LS

---------------------------------------------
From me:

Dear [...],

Thank you so much for the email. I appreciate the email very much and am touched one of the Body Shop's employees recommended us.

Although the money would be handy, from day one, we have decided not to rely on donations, preferring to make it on our own as a social enterprise, producing things that consumers are willing to buy from us. The reason is we are really striving to be self-reliant.

Many thanks again for contacting Bloom Cambodia and Happy Khmer New Year to you from sunny Cambodia!

Best regards,
Diana

---------------------------------------------

Dear Ms Saw

Thank you very much for your email. We wish you continued success with Bloom Cambodia. It looks like such a fantastic group.

Yours sincerely

[...]
Grants Administrator
The Body Shop Foundation
Watersmead, Littlehampton
West Sussex, BN17 6LS

7 comments:

feddabonn said...

good stuff diana. congrats, first on the recommendation, such things do not come easy. love your independent stance though. while i do not know what to do with a handbag (yet) bloom is looking more and more interesting! :)

Diana Saw said...

Thanks so much Feddabonn. And thanks for being such a regular reader of the blog - you've asked me some hard questions and many times I don't have the answers (eg unions). Bloom is as much an experiment, a journey for me - to try and figure out the right/fair way to organise a business. Hope you are well in NZ - i have heard so many good things about NZ i want to move there! :)

frost said...

Great recognition for Bloom. I am also amazed at your commitment on being independent.
Keep up the amazing spirit and work!

I'm a huge fan! My Bloom Bags are in daily use!

Diana Saw said...

Thanks Minna! I am so glad you like our bags. Sending hugs to Finland from Cambodia! x, Diana

SeekingHuda said...

Wow...congrats Diana:) I pray for your success...

lea said...

Congratulations! That's a really lovely gesture on their part but well done on your stand to be independent. Keep up the great work!

嘉容嘉容 said...

很喜歡你的blog哦...加油唷 ........................................

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin