What an honor to team up with the extraordinary women of Savhera; founders Dr. Vanessa Bouché & Usri Roy are two incredible mamas who embody the true spirit of what it means to be a #SuperHeroMama. Their journey began just a few years ago & has taken the wellness industry by storm. Not only do they deliver organic essential oils to their loyal audience, they have created a business structure which gives female victims of sex trafficking the opportunity to radically change their lives. Savhera provides dignified employment to these women & helps them pursue their dreams.
We caught up with Dr. Vanessa Bouché and asked her some questions; check them out below!
Q: Tell us a little about your company & journey to making it happen.
A: Savhera is a premium wellness company that provides jobs to survivors of sex trafficking. In 2017, I sat on the floor of a medical clinic in the red light district of Delhi when a woman said, “You’re no different than those exploiting us for our bodies. You’re exploiting our stories.” When I asked her what she needed, she said, “I need dignified employment to get out of this dirty business.” After six months of searching unsuccessfully for a social enterprise that would provide her a job, my co-founder, Usri, and I started Savhera to give this woman (who we now know as Pushpa) a job.
Q: Why is this mission important to you?
A: I have a deep and burning conviction about not "hoarding" my many privileges but instead using my privilege to privilege others. Survivors of sex trafficking face significant barriers to leaving the sex trade, including illiteracy, lack of job skills, economic exclusion, debt bondage, and criminal records. They have been denied their right to dignity, freedom, and independence. But what was meant to harm them has actually made them strong, courageous, and resilient. They have tremendous gifts to offer the world and passions and dreams to realize. I am simply paving a road they can walk, building a ladder they can climb, and constructing a bridge they can cross. I am using my privilege to put the structures in place that will facilitate their growth and flourishing. Nothing is more important to me than that!
Q: What is your #SuperPower?
A: Seeing things not for what they are but what they could be.
Q: We're redefining what it means to be a "mama." Some mamas are traditional mothers; others are unbelievable foster & adoptive moms, devoted caregivers, selfless grandmothers, badass sisters, loving wives, or your best friends. What does “mama” mean to you?
A: Mama is best described in active verbs: protecting, providing, caring, empathizing, uplifting, encouraging, empowering, exhorting, and fiercely defending those you love.
Q: What change do you hope to see in the world through your business/product/idea?
A: A world where everyone is well and free!
Q: Any advice to the next generation of #SuperheroMamas?
A: Love yourself and others.
Q: If you could be any #superhero, who would it be & why?
A: Okoye in Black Panther. Graceful, loyal, honest, and fierce.