Savta Gamila, renowned internationally as a great Israeli soap-maker that bears her name, and winner of 2017’s Jasmine Award, needs no introduction. Her contributions to society go well beyond just making soap. Her hardships, values and entrepreneurial spirit have influenced her success as well her drive to empower Israeli women.
The legendary Savta Gamila grew up in the rural hills of the Galilee. Having only studied in school until grade two, she was educated by her parents and grandparents in the oral tradition of nature. Her economic adversity and strong will led her to work towards a better life for herself and her family. But beyond Savta Gamila’s personal struggle for a better life, was a desire to create a better community, one that would promote both women empowerment and peace. I met up to meet and learn from Savta Gamila at the Gamila Secret factory at the Tefen Industrial Park in the Galilee.