The ila family stretches from the heart of the beautiful English Cotswolds to the foothills of the Himalayas, through the deepest recesses of the Amazon Rainforest and into countless communities and co-operatives across Morocco, India, Brazil, Pakistan, Tibet and Bhutan.
We are also indebted to the numerous therapists worldwide who embrace the essence of ila while attending our training sessions, performing our treatments and recommending our products.
At ila, we see investment in direct relationships and sustainable farming projects with indigenous communities as the key to safeguarding both our own integrity and the integrity of the planet.
Current alliances include:
ANKUR TANDON, FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES, HIMALAYAS
(Rose damascene otto, jasmine and tuberose)
Ankur manages a co-operative of traditional Indian farmers whose work supports this small Himalayan community.
THE HUNZA TRIBE OF BALTISTAN, PAKISTAN
“The increase in volumes of orders from ila helps 20 remote villages of Baltistan. This provides a source of income for women and boosts small enterprise developments. It enables the community to work together and benefit in a united way. It ensures the children of these remote villages are also educated – something that hasn’t been readily available to them before.” The Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan
THE INCENSE-MAKERS OF MATUNGA, INDIA
Since it first began working with ila, this community programme has expanded across several adjacent villages to meet increasing demand. As a result, an educational programme has also been initiated.
THE KAYAPÓ TRIBE OF THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
We work closely with Tribes Alive, a charity that supports indigenous communities in Brazil through sustainable projects. Through Tribes Alive, we entered into dialogue with the Kayapó tribe, deep in the Amazon Rainforest. We obtain sustainably sourced Babassu oil from these indigenous custodians, working under their guidance and trust and with their full co-operation to ensure the integrity of the forest and the preservation of their natural way of life.
THE BERBER TRIBES OF MOROCCO
(Argan oil, cactus oil and argan husks)
We also support the Tibetan Vocational School, a special vocational college with a dedicated spa school, encouraging the training of young Tibetans in the health and wellness industry.