What is the meaning of LOTUS SKY?
Posted on November 14 2019
Where does the name LOTUS SKY come from?
LOTUS SKY is our brand, but just like our bracelets, it actually stands for SO much more.
The name represents the essence of our identity as a 100% woman run social enterprise. Motivated by sisterhood and the knowledge that women's empowerment is the key to creating a stronger next generation, we have created a movement! 🙌🏼
Lotus Sky started right in the heart of Boudhanath district, a mostly Tibetan refugee area filled with monks, nuns and monasteries. Within the Buddhist tradition, the lotus flower is the beauty that emerges from the darkest mud. In dark, amorphous, mired water the lotus flower begins its journey, only to bloom in beauty and to rise above everything in purity and form. From difficult situations, the most amazing structure can emerge.
And this, really, is a lot of what social entrepreneurship is.
The social entrepreneur lands in seemingly infertile soil with a belief that the will exists within those soil particles to rise above the darkness and to imagine a different way of being. You might say that social enterprise transforms hardship into opportunity and manifests both economic empowerment and SOCIAL IMPACT. 💫
A pivotal moment in our Lotus Sky journey was April 25, 2015: Magnitude of 8.1, a depth of a mere 5 miles, and an epicenter right outside of Kathmandu.
For 8 months our stores were closed, our shipping was down, we lived outside under plastic tarps. To all this, our response was BRACELETS. And training a team!
We are a team of leaders- Sangye, Sarah, Nima, & Pimma- who inspire and train 120 female artisans in Nepal. Starting with a team of 5 woman whose average age was 18 (young but mighty!), flowering in the community we aim to empower means that our only US-based position is that of our part-time shipper, Erin, who works out of her home office.
This keeps as many resources and job opportunities on the ground in Nepal as possible!✔️
Lotus Sky women are 120 movers and shakers in our communities; we are creatives and designers who create beauty from difficulty, who find opportunity in hardship.
Lotus Sky bracelets represent the lotus flower rising from the mud. They represent female creativity and economic empowerment. They represent women who do not give up. They make a difference. 🙏🏼
These are LOTUS SKY bracelets!
TELL US: How do you respond to difficult situations? Do you have a metaphor or belief that guides you through hard times? Tell us in a comment below!
We will randomly choose one person who comments to win your choice of 3 Lotus Sky bracelets from the website (no more custom giveaways for now- we are a little bit behind!!!)