These days more and more people are curious about where
their food comes from, ourselves included. Here’s how one ingredient – organic
apricots – get from the farm into our cookies.
The apricots we use for our Granola Fruit Krunchi come from
Tierhoek Organic Farm, 2 hours’ drive outside of Cape Town.
Workers clean, pit and prepare the apricots for drying. As
you can see, much of the process is done by hand.
Bruce and Alison Gilson, the owners of the farm, help the
workers attend school, and some are learning to read and write for the first
time. In addition, these workers’ children are helped with daycare and school
fees, and help purchase school uniforms and books for them.
The apricots go to the oven for drying.
Then, they’re packed and sent to our factory and mixed with
granola, dates, and other delicious ingredients to make the Krunchi.
Spring has almost sprung although for those of us on the East
Coast it doesn’t quite feel like it.
Spring is my favorite time of the year.It is about renewal. Wikipedia tells us that
the word spring can not only refer to the season but “broadly to ideas of
rebirth, renewal and regrowth”. That is what this Spring is about for Khaya and
me. It’s been a tough year for Khaya. We’ve struggled with sales. We have lots
and lots of competiton. Try and compete with Whole Foods 365 Brand or don’t we
all love Oreo™, Cookies (yes, I admit I love them!).It is a tough market out there. But, this isn’t
about cookies to me.This is about the
renewal and rebirth that this Company I have built from scratch gives the women
and men who I employ in South Africa.It
is about the sense of renewal I feel every time we put a container on the
water. It means that out there, I know someone cares about making a difference
or as you have all heard me say many times over, “Creating Opportunity One Bite
at a Time.” These are Khaya Cookies and they
truly help Create Opportunity One Bite at a Time. Just ask Andiswa one of my
very first workers.With the help of The Khaya Cookie Company she will graduate from Cape Technikon University on 14
April.This is an incredible
accomplishment for a young girl who grew up in the townships of South
So what I say to you as we are coming upon this season of renewal
and rebirth – thank you to each and every one of you for caring and buying
Khaya Cookies. Even that one pack you purchased has truly helped Create
Opportunity One Bite at a Time.
Keza's bright, chunky jewelry are real statement pieces. But by wearing them, you can make an even bigger statement - helping Rwandan
women break out of poverty and create opportunities for themselves and their
families – something that we at Khaya can really get behind. You can read more
about their mission (and why they chose to get into fashion) here.
Finally, Warby Parker
eyewear is the greatest. If I were Oprah they would be my new favorite thing.
The designs are terrifically on-point modernizations of vintage styles (they
even offer a monocle if you think you can pull it off) and for each pair you
buy, Warby Parker works
with nonprofits to distribute another pair to those who need them. The best
part is that none of the styles costs more than $95 – lenses included! You can
try as many pairs as you like at home for free, so there’s no downside to
buying online. As someone who has spent over $500 on a single pair of specs
that didn’t look half as awesome, and didn’t help anyone else in the process,
I’m officially in love.
I have seen disasters firsthand. In 2000 I witnessed the after-effects left by a
combination of a cyclone and the flooding of three rivers in Mozambique. This event caused
catastrophic floods in January and February of that year. I was there to see the devastation those
floods caused. Some 700 persons were
killed, 300,000 persons were left homeless and 750,000 persons were affected by
these floods in Southern Mozambique.
This is nothing in comparison to what has happened in Haiti. This is beyond my comprehension. These scenes shaped the course of my future and ultimately
made my mind up that one day, I would try and help others in same way, shape or
form. This “form” turned out to be
sustainable job creation. I believe a
job provides a person with a sense of dignity and pride and ultimately can save
a person’s life, spirit and soul. Because of my firm belief in hand-ups and not hands-outs, I
have spent much time researching the non-profit that I would like to donate a
portion of Khaya’s proceeds to. I chose
Action Against Hunger. They received a 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator.
WHAT DOES ACTION AGAINST HUNGER DO?
They combat global hunger and save lives by eliminating hunger
through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially
during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster. From crisis to sustainability, they work to tackle the underlying causes of
malnutrition and its effects. They do this by using their expertise in nutrition, food
security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy
WHY DID I CHOSE ACTION AGAINST HUNGER?
integrate their programs with local and national systems. This ensures that
short-term interventions become long-term solutions. I believe very strongly in
long-term solutions, such as job creation.
If you would like to read more about them, please see their rating on
Charity Navigator http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3212and their websitehttp://www.actionagainsthunger.org/
WHAT IS THE KHAYA COOKIE COMPANY DOING?
For every box sold of our antioxidant richGrapeseed Shortbreads, we will give ONE HALF of our proceeds to Action Against Hunger. Please help us make a significant contribution. You get our Grapeseed Shortbreads loaded with antioxidants from South African grapes surrounded by tangy currants in our crisp shortbread cookie and you get to help out Haiti and the women of South Africa who are employed making our Khaya Cookies. You can't go wrong here!