Dorene Petersen Trains Nepali Union Members

Portland, OR — October 31, 2016—Winrock International Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Dorene Petersen is traveling to Nepal for a three-week assignment in the Kathmandu, Sarlahi, and Bardiya districts in November 2016 to train union members on essential oil distillation, strategic marketing, and high-quality production skills. Petersen, a well-known aromatherapy essential oil expert and speaker, is president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC). She will be accompanied by her husband, Robert Seidel, president and founder of The Essential Oil Company.

Petersen will work with the Forest Environment Worker’s Union Nepal (FEWUN), which has more than 10,000 members, including approximately 4,000 youth who work with medicinal herbs, aromatic oils, and plumbing, among other tasks. Greater development of aromatic essential oil production could make a significant contribution to poverty reduction efforts by providing the youth with skilled job opportunities.

Petersen will tour essential oil facilities and work hands-on with FEWUN members to assess current propagation methods and processing techniques. She will also train youth and association members to promote the essential oil processing business and will conduct marketing trainings to strengthen the development of youth entrepreneurship.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have been selected for this volunteer opportunity,” says Dorene Petersen. “Small business and sustainability are two of my passions, and I’m really hopeful I will be able to help the FEWUN identify and start to develop a business strategy that provides much-needed income while also protecting the health and wellbeing of the environment. I can’t wait to get there and meet these wonderful people!”

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