The Banana Leaf Initiative represents our ongoing commitment towards life-enriching sustainability. Through it, we seek to revitalize, enrich, and cultivate a flourishing, natural life here in Haiti. Our holistic approach will focus primarily on our artisan community, but we are confident in the ripple effect it will have for generations to come. We believe in addressing systemic poverty issues at the ground level. It is vital to address root problems individuals face in areas of health, environment, and economy in addition to the stability that comes with job security. We know poverty is about more than just a lack of financial means. The Banana Leaf Initiative is our approach to encouraging the progression of an individual as a whole- through preventative measures, not just reactive aid.
The main pillars on which we will focus to build this movement are:
We desire to bring back to life natural living practices which have been abandoned in the city. We want to honor the past and respect the land we call home. We are shifting all processes with the goal of minimal waste and a reduced carbon footprint, working towards sustainable energy, recycling, and support of local farmers and merchants.
We seek to better lives through focus on health and nutrition. Through group exercise, nutritional counseling, and urban gardening classes, we encourage preventative healthcare and well-being. These activities will take place on our new Wellness Rooftop. Consistent access to clean water and nutritious lunches will be provided daily.
We see a vision of these simple, healthy practices spreading within families, friends, and communities. We want to create a peaceful, zen-filled environment for individuals to share and grow. The Wellness Rooftop will be a community center to encourage cultivating relationships, sharing information, and mobilizing social activities for the good of the community.
To make this vision come to life, we are currently raising funds for the construction of our Wellness Rooftop.
The Wellness Rooftop will be a zen-filled educational & community center built on top of the Haiti Design Co-op workshop.
The Wellness Rooftop will house our expanded rooftop garden and be the location of community development meetings, yoga & fitness classes, nutritional counseling, and educational seminars. As part of our commitment to a cleaner & greener Haiti, the Wellness Rooftop will also home the solar panels that will provide energy to our workshop.
While the Banana Leaf Initiative will be an ongoing effort, the fundraising goal to build the Wellness Rooftop is $20,000.
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This necklace is made with accent beads that have been hand-formed with Haitian clay and fired with banana leaves, giving it a beautiful, natural charred finish. The pineapple charm is 14K gold plated.
Wear this necklace as a daily reminder of the importance of balance and well-being in your own life, and that of your brothers and sisters across the globe.
100% of the profits from the purchase of this necklace will go directly to the Wellness Rooftop and programs of the Banana Leaf Initiative.
This bracelet is made with beads that have been hand-formed with Haitian clay and fired with banana leaves, giving it a beautiful, natural charred finish. The banana charm is 14K gold plated.
Wear this bracelet as a daily reminder of the importance of well-being and being grounded in your own life, as well as the importance in the lives of your brothers and sisters across the globe.
100% of the profits from the purchase of this bracelet will go directly to the Wellness Rooftop and programs of the Banana Leaf Initiative.