During a trip to Kosovo in 2013, American trainee journalist Ashley VanBuskirk met a young woman who was struggling to pay her university fees. The first-year college student had lost her father in the civil war and was working part-time to support her family, so her six-year law degree was going to take 12 to complete.
A year later VanBuskirk and her twin sister Victoria launched Flora Stationery to raise money to fund women’s higher education in Kosovo through scholarships. The journals (from £20) have floral watercolour covers designed by a Kosovan art student, come in four colourways and are now customisable – the inside can be a diary or to-do list, lined or plain, graph or dots. With all profits going to women’s education, Flora has been able to provide over 100 scholarships in less than three years.