RUNA – Fully living Human Beings. This is what the indigenous Kichwa farmers of the Ecuadorian Amazon call themselves. These farmers live by the ancient morals, traditions and legends that have been passed down by their ancestors. They gather around a communal fire at dawn every morning and drink Guayusa from handmade gourds to share their dreams, music and myths.
Guayusa – a holly tree that produces vibrant large green leaves that are caffeinated and have numerous other health benefits. Guayusa is only found in Ecuador and northern Peru and Colombia, and has been a large part of Kichwa culture for centuries.
I recently came back from a week long trip to the jungles of Ecuador. I was there as a guest of Fundacion Runa, the non-profit arm of RUNA, a beverage company that is introducing Guayusa to the world. I immediately fell in love with the organization and began to think of ways that I could help them. It was an invaluable experience and feeling to realize that as consumers in the US and CANADA we are directly helping the Kichwa people build better lives for themselves.
David’s Tea is taking a stand for Haiti. The fabulous tea company and a Montreal based organization called Kanpe, have teamed up to create a delicious tea infused with Mango, Hibiscus, Cinnamon and other wonderful fruits found in Haiti. All proceeds from the tea will go to ending the cycle of porverty in Haiti by encouraging financial independence. Kanpe means “to stand-up” in Hatian Creole and my hat goes off to David’s Tea and Kanpe for doing just that. To learn more about Kanpe please visitwww.kanpe.org. To purchase some of this delicious tea head to your nearest David’s Tea or visit www.davidstea.com
I have been thinking about this organization since I started my blog. It was on my top ten list of things I wanted to talk about. Of organizations I wanted to support…and wanted everyone else to know about!
This company is based out of Kansas City and I discovered it in a little boutique store in the Power And Light District during a recent trip there. I initially was drawn to the great t-shirt designs and the hilariously amazing logo. I fell in love and had to buy a t-shirt! I am a t-shirt junky! Once I started looking for the perfect shirt I realized that this clothing company also had a charitable heart. Even better! With the purchase of every shirt the company gives a shirt to a person in need around the world. Attached to the shirt I bought (a classic grey v-neck with the Effin logo!), there was a great leather bracelet as a reminder of the donation I was about to make. I still wear it all the time.
Effin Gear is able to do this by partnering with a great organization called Fashion Delivers! Please check them out here. Also, you can look as cool as me by purchasing some Effin Gear here!