Lotus Flower Programme
Onboarding for the labour market
Our signature Lotus Flower Programme is a gender-specific onboarding programme that prepares our candidates for the labour market.
Implemented through our foundation, we carefully select 8-10 candidates who receive career guidance, mentorship and soft skills training – the type of practical skills that are expected in the workplace.
Each candidate is also matched with a female mentor who provides personal and practical support – from questions about norms and practices in the workplace to issues surrounding child care.
The programme also acts as a form of group bonding for our candidates, providing community and sisterhood. This provides hope, universality, group cohesiveness, imitative successful behaviour, interpersonal learning and more.
After the successful completion of the programme, She Matters B.V. works to place them into employment that matches their experience, education and skill set.
Symbolism of the Lotus Flower
‘No mud, no lotus.’ – Thich Nhat
A lotus flower begins by growing at the bottom of a muddy, murky pool and slowly emerges towards the surface, bursting out of the water into a beautiful blossom. During the night the lotus closes and sinks under the water, and emerges again in the sunlight of the day.
To us, the lotus flower in the mud symbolises the hardship and difficulties that many of our candidates have endured. As with the stem growing toward the surface of the water we support our candidates through their experiences, through their difficulties, learning lessons along the way, removing obstacles and overcoming adversity.
As the petals unfold, they too unfold and become like a lotus flower rising from the murky waters, flowering into something beautiful.