DoTerra is expanding its global supply chain in Bulgaria. The company has announced its plans for new social impact and community building initiatives in the country.
The company's plans include sustainable agricultural development, which is intended to have a positive impact on the community in Eastern Bulgaria.
"We are very pleased to expand our global supply chain to Bulgaria, a country with a rich agricultural legacy and abundant opportunities to make a difference," said Corey Lindley, doTERRA founding executive, president and chief financial officer. "Bulgaria is home to some of our customers' most valued oils, and this strong demand enables us to set up the infrastructure to benefit rural communities in this country. We look forward to continuing to empower the people of Bulgaria to improve their well-being and positively impact their own communities."
Today, DoTerra is participating in a reception in Washington, D.C. in honor of the national day of the Republic of Bulgaria on March 3rd. The event is hosted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States H.E. Tihomir Stoytchev and his wife Lubka Stoytchev.
DoTerra partners with hundreds of local farmers in Eastern Bulgaria to grow and distill Lavender and Melissa, among other essential oils. The distillation facility, operating 20 stills, is one of the largest such facilities in Bulgaria and Esseterre has become a top 300 company (in terms of revenue) in the country.
In addition, DoTerra's Healing Hands Foundation has provided funding and resources to assist in the professional development of Bulgarian youth in need.
More About DoTerra's Co-Impact Sourcing
In 2015, DoTerra launched Esseterre Bulgaria, a new farming and distilling operation in Bulgaria. Built and managed by a Bulgarian team, Esseterre is applying the compay's "Co-Impact Sourcing" approach to revitalize the essential oils industry in the country.
Through its Co-Impact Sourcing program, Esseterre produces tens of thousands of kilograms of Lavender, Melissa and other oils annually at its world-class production center.
Esseterre partners with and offers farmers the opportunity to increase their incomes through the production of higher value crops. In addition, farmers benefit from the Co-Impact Sourcing approach of bonus payments for producing the highest quality oil, long-term fair pricing, production and harvesting support, on-time payments and technical knowledge sharing.
DoTerra's "Healing Hands" Initiative
The DoTerra Healing Hands Foundation works with several female leaders in Bulgaria to drive social impact through community projects, including:
- The Social Teahouse – Led by Maya Doneva and Stoyana Stoeva, this non-profit organization is dedicated to helping orphans prepare to enter the workforce. Through a substantial donation from the foundation, The Social Teahouse was able to refurbish and outfit its new headquarters, training facility and operating teahouse, where orphans learn hands-on food preparation, catering and business skills. In partnership with Esseterre, they will also learn skills linked to vegetable gardening, larger-scale farming and distilling operations.
- The Children's Milk Canteen – After being in operation for 45 years, The Children's Milk Canteen facility was renovated, thanks to support from the foundation. The facility currently prepares and distributes food on a daily basis for approximately 400 children in the Dobrich area.
- Playground Project – With the help of volunteers, two playgrounds were constructed to provide children in the Riltsi neighborhood, 2 kilometers from Dobrich, a safe place to play.
- Mothers' Care Club – The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation partnered with the Mothers' Care Club to provide educational opportunities for talented, underprivileged children in Bulgaria, specifically orphans and children from families living in impoverished circumstances.