Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Since the time Ginna Cross was a teenager, she has had a deep love for the people of developing countries. Cross was a senior in college when she first had the opportunity to travel to Africa, and consequently moved to Mozambique for a year when she graduated from nursing school. While in Africa, Cross lived her dream as she worked in a clinic for babies and made home visits to the villagers.
As Cross comes from a family with extensive farming background, her family recognized the significant amount of farming potential in the area when they traveled to Africa to visit her. Although they were unable to feasibly make improvements at that time due to substantial barriers including the locals’ lack of proper resources and knowledge about farming, relinquishing the idea of advancing agricultural techniques in an area with such promising potential was difficult for them.
Upon moving back to the United States, Cross married and began a family. Though she still longed to make a difference by way of service in Africa, it became unfeasible as her family grew and bills mounted. That is, until she was introduced to doTERRA.
Within one-and-a-half years of actively building their business, Steve and Ginna Cross climbed to the rank of Blue Diamond; and with the financial stability that followed,* Ginna’s dreams of serving the people of Africa began to resurface. Especially when her sister-in-law, Sarah Hardie, along with her husband Josh, were presented with an opportunity to purchase some land in Mozambique.
As one of Cross’s top line Platinums at the time, Hardie was instrumental in their formation of the non-profit organization The Garden Well. With Cross to support her team while she was away, Hardie traveled to and from Mozambique for the next several years to prepare the area around Coranne for necessary agricultural advancements. Cross and Hardie engaged the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ in a matching contribution campaign to help fund the installation of the first well in Coranne. The well will provide a constant source of clean water to the locals, which will allow them to water their crops and feed their families year round.