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After prayers at the Saint-Vincent Abbey in Chantelle, central France, the abbey's nuns and their employees attend a marketing meeting to discuss the latest orders for the soap and cosmetics products produced on-site.The community of Benedictine sisters has been manufacturing cosmetics since 1954, after two sisters, a chemist and a mathematician, began the practice.Body lotions, shower gels and moisturizers are among the products made in the abbey's own laboratory, where the nuns acknowledge they must now make time for prayer and business.In order to meet the demand, the abbey has hired some 10 nonreligious employees to help with the production.Sold in monasteries, boutique shops and on the internet – the abbey even has a Facebook page – the cosmetics are mainly created from natural products and generated 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in sales last year.Across France, some 250 to 300 communities dedicated to prayer sell products or services.The business now employs 58 people in its factory in Voiron and had some 17 million euros in sales in 2015 .
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