Lilli Boisselet is Co-founder of The Boundless Edit, an organisation that creates charitable projects to support women in developing countries - breaking the poverty cycle through business.
We chatted to Lilli when she was in Nepal working on a project called "Quilts For Kids Nepal." A micro-financed project based in Kathmandu, the project's mission is to provide work for economically challenged women, and to finance the education of underprivileged children.
Get to know Lilli...
Describe a day in your life:
There's no two days the same!
Here in Nepal, we are shooting for a grassroots project giving a collective of women the opportunity to make and sell quilts.
We usually wake up around 5am and look over the photos from the day before to make sure we're on track to get the content we need. I try to meditate as much as possible when I'm here, as it's just the most electric, rejuvenating energy, so we'll go into a class around the Boudhanath Stupa at 7am for an hour. The area we are in is primarily a Tibetan Buddhist population, so the smell of incense and the sound of puja drums from the monasteries are always in the air - it's an incredible background for unleashing creativity.
Then after breakfast, we'll head off to what we have planned that day. It can be difficult to keep a schedule in Nepal as people can cancel last minute, or a crazy monsoon rain might come out of nowhere andcancel an afternoon. Patience is key!
Today we met Ravina and Karma, two of the women from Quilts For Kids and take a taxi into Indrachok market in Kathmandu to buy the fabrics for our collaboration quilts. After some spirited bargaining, we head back to the community with the material and spend time with the women and their families.
We work closely with the women, they invite us into their homes and their lives, so it's important to invest the time to build a relationship with them, it's not just about taking a photo and going home - we drink A LOT of masala teas!
We have the afternoon planned at a nearby school, we are giving art classes to the younger kids. They are from 7-9 years old and it's the first time I've tried a finger painting class so I'm pretty nervous!
Some of the kids I met last year, it's lovely to see them again growing up so fast. It goes quite well, to my relief, give or take a few fingerprints on shirts!
I'm really impressed with the kids paintings and once we take a final class photo, we pack up and after another masala tea with Pema, a teacher at the school who helps us organise the classes, we leave around 3pm. We’re all exhausted - kids have so much energy! - and desperate for a late lunch around the Boudhanath Stupa with lots of fresh lemon sodas.
We’re having dinner with a friend of mine, Ram and his family. First, we go to the local Hindu temple Pashupathinath, where Ram works as a tour guide, to watch the nightly 'Light Ceremony' next to the holy
Ganges river and a beautiful sunset over the temple. It's one of my favourite places in the world, a beautiful mix of music and dancing and holy men with candles and people of all ages and monkeys and smoke from the cremations - even though its where 92% of all cremations in Nepal happen, it feels as though all of life is in this place.
After the ceremony, the boys take us on their bikes to Rams house, where his sister is preparing a traditional Thali dinner for us. Rams older brother recently got married so we watch the wedding video, with the family and their dog Tikku, it's a really touching moment. For dessert, the family tries TimTams for the first time - with more masala tea - and then the boys drop us back at the guesthouse and we crash out, exhausted at 9pm.