Inês Botelho is about to go on a journey from her home country of Portugal all the way to Cambodia. Travelling with Tearfund Go, she will be spending six months supporting our partner the Cambodian Hope Organisation in their anti-trafficking work.
Washing her hands of the stereotypical fundraising tropes, Ines decided to do something different to raise money for her placement.
When I first sat doing the maths to work out my placement costs I thought: 'Lord, I need a miracle!'. I felt anxious about asking people for money, so decided to apply for temporary jobs instead. From a bakery to babysitting I applied for everything and anything, but unfortunately with no success. I was starting to question if I should go overseas at all. But instead of giving up I decided to pray.
Suds on the brain
A couple of weeks later I was talking to someone about Christmas presents. He used the phrase 'soap is the new chocolate'. That sentence wouldn't get out of my head – I couldn't stop thinking about soap!
So I started to pray about it and came to the conclusion that I should make my own soap to sell this Christmas. After some research on the internet I bought the required material and production began.