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Impact Highlights
Creating a

FAIR ECONOMY

130

projects from agriculture and educational activities are currently inspired by the SEKEM Initiative.

Creating a

FAIR SOCIETY

100%

of SEKEM employees are provided by fair, safe and dignified working conditions..

Life Long Learning &

WELLBEING

100%

of SEKEM concentration goes to Learning and encouragement of the individual’s well-being and self-development.

Protecting the

ENVIRONMENT

100%

goal for transitioning Egypt to be organic and biodynamic is the biggest priority for SEKEM

Farming

This sesame originated in Egypt, in locations along the Nile delta like Fayoum, Minia, Aswan, and more. It grows on Demeter and organic certified farms, following the holistic principles of Economy of Love.

The farms are treated as a whole organism in which each element of the farm contribute to its well-being. Plant waste and animal manure are treated into compost that boosts the regenerative ability of the soil and humus formation.

The sesame is cultivated according to the dates of the cosmic calendar, which puts it in total harmony with the land and the cosmic forces

EoL supports small-scale farmers on their path to green energy by providing them with funds and the necessary tools to facilitate their transition.

Meet The Farmers

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Mahmoud

Farmer in Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Mahmoud Rabea has two Demeter-certified farms in the area of Fayoum. He’s been growing biodynamic sesame along with other crops since 2003. Mahmoud believes that an Economy of Love is what builds trust between him and the customer with transparency.

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Saber

Farmer in Aswan, Egypt

Mahmoud Rabea has two Demeter-certified farms in the area of Fayoum. He’s been growing biodynamic sesame along with other crops since 2003. Mahmoud believes that an Economy of Love is what builds trust between him and the customer with transparency.

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Abdeldaem

Farmer in Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Mahmoud Rabea has two Demeter-certified farms in the area of Fayoum. He’s been growing biodynamic sesame along with other crops since 2003. Mahmoud believes that an Economy of Love is what builds trust between him and the customer with transparency.

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Tarek

Farmer in Giza, Egypt

Tarek Waheed is one of the pioneers in converting to biodynamic agriculture. He started back in 1997 by certifying his farm Demeter and is staying ahead of the game by certifying his farm EoL. Tarek embodies EoL concepts with his literacy initiative now reaching 25 women participants.

Processing

After the harvest, the sesame arrives at iSiS organic food company where they get a sample tested to ensure that the quality is according to the standards of both Demeter and organic. The sesame is cleaned from impurities and is ready to be cold-pressed and filtered to produce the oil.

Using cold pressing techniques allows for less energy usage as it doesn’t require heat or the use of chemical solvents.

Barely any waste is left after the oil extraction process. The seed residue is used to make animal feed and compost production, which are used on the Sekem Adlya farm, close to the isis factory.

The factory workers receive medical care that is readily available to them from the medical center located next to the factory.

Packaging

Now after the sesame oil is filtered, it arrives at the packaging department to be poured into glass bottles, after which it gets sealed with a metal top, a plastic cover and a Sekem label sticker and it is ready to go.

The factory ensures the optimal usage of the oil during the packaging process with minimal waste produced, where the wasted oil is collected and used.

Since its foundation, the iSiS factory has implemented the Core Program which enables all factory employees to engage in courses of art, acting, music, geography, and many more to promote happiness at work.

In addition to the Core Program, iSiS started implementing the EoL EDU program, across the company to give employees the feeling they are part of a community striving towards creating safer work environments, a sustainability mindset and space for wellbeing.

Packaging Material

The Sesame oil could be responsibly grown and processed, but its packaging material and the companies from which they are sourced do also have a huge impact on the products’ lifetime, and cannot be neglected.

the oil bottles are made from glass, which is energy-intensive, where the process of shaping the glass uses a lot of combustion energy resulting in Co2 emissions, which isis do not account for.

the sticker label on the bottles is made of materials that are FSC certified, and the ink is…….

the metal tops and plastic covers are made from nonrecyclable materials, causing … and are imported

Distribution

The bottles of sesame oil are now ready to be distributed directly to your home, local shops, or overseas.

iSiS always opts for sea freight and only makes the decision to use air freight on the rare occasion that a client orders a small amount that can not be transported by sea.

Distribution process is under the supervision of Isis to ensure the selection of the shipping cars to be cleaned and qualified for the process.

Drivers receive health consultancies from SEKEM medical center located near the factory to make sure that they monitor their health to reduce any work strains.

Meet The Employees

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Marwa

Quality Manager in iSiS

Marwa has been working in the iSiS factory for more than 8 years. Together with her husband and two children, she lives on the SEKEM farm.

 

Nour

Factory Engineer at iSiS

Nour Hassan lives with her family in Kafr Ayoub located near Belbies. She is responsible for packaging the oils and different products.

 

Ahmed

Factory Engineer in iSiS

Ahmed Saeed lives in Galvina near the iSiS factory. He’s been working with SEKEM for 6 years now, as part of the production team.

 

 

Abdallah

Distributor in SEKEM

Abdallah has been an employee in SEKEM for over five years. He is responsible to distribute the finished products to stores all over Cairo.

 

What is the True Price?

Are there hidden costs that the price doesn't reflect?

True Price Comparision

Sustainably & ethically produced products add value to society. However, when comparing prices, we don’t take into account the long-term impact of the product. For example, since this Anise is sequestering Co2e it is actually saving up to 0.35USD per kilo! This means that it is cheaper than products that emit Co2e, but so often the price tag doesn’t reflect that.

We encourage you to compare products based on their true price; the price that reflects the hidden costs that we and future generations eventually pay for.

This Anise saves up to 0.35 USD/Kilo, by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere

 

Indirect Costs include:

WATER

REPROCESSING COST

Society is paying taxes to clean water sources from agriculture’s chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, as well as the irresponsible disposal of wastewater from factories, in order to make it usable/drinkable water.

HEALTH COSTS

The use of pesticides in agriculture eventually affects the human body and therefore increases medical treatment costs.

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

DAMAGE

Society has to bear the long-term cost caused by disruptive agriculture e.g. soil erosion, desertification, and loss of biodiversity.

 

 

Locations

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Saft

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Skem El-Wahat

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Abdalah

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Abd El-Ghaffar

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