The ELAS Fund team pays tribute to Júlia Couto, from the Flores de Dan Collective, one of the grantees by ELAS.
Júlia Couto, also known as Lola, has done important work as an educator in Salvador's private school system, where she has been involved in inclusive education and gender and race issues. A massage therapist and poet, she has worked as a project coordinator and self-care multiplier at Coletivo Flores de Dan and Projeto Jardim de Lola, among other initiatives.
She has transformed the lives of many women alongside her fellow members of the Flores de Dan Collective, a collective of black women therapists and communicators who use media, technology and healing circles as tools to fight for women's human rights and for Good Living. She is one of the creators of the Mais Amor Entre Nós app, which encourages support and generosity among women.
May the love sown by Lola blossom and her butterfly wings inspire the freedom of the companions who follow her struggles.