Peace by Chocolate
The Hadhad family had created and shipped specialty chocolates and treats across Europe and the Middle East for nearly 30 years. When bombs rained down on Damascus Syria, during the conflicts of 2012, their original chocolate factory was destroyed leaving the family without their home and their livelihood. Fleeing Syria and leaving behind decades of family history was not an easy choice, but in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, the family reignited their hopes and dreams.
Peace by Chocolate is the resilience of the Hadhad family, a Syrian family tradition continued in Canada. Each piece of chocolate is a little work of art, with uncompromising quality and excellence. Blends of Syrian fillings, nuts, fruits and spices are carefully combined to achieve the perfect piece of chocolate for you.
Peace by Chocolate donates 3 – 5% of all company profits to the Peace on Earth Society, supporting peace-building projects globally. Through their NGO they have been able to support peace initiatives, and give back to the communities which allowed their family to find peace. Through your purchases, not only will you be supporting the Hadhad family but every peace-building initiative they tackle!
Hudaifa Tayeb dreamed of bringing back glory to Yemen’s coffee, a forgotten treasure, a drink made of people, soil and history. He dreamed of sharing the unique experience of Yemeni coffee with the world, a dream he has now realized through Mokha King Coffee.
From the most distinct coffee plantations in Yemen, to international markets, Mokha King has made the taste of Yemen a household experience. It all starts with beans taken from the mountains of Yemen, grown with traditional agricultural methods, manually planted, harvested, and classified until they reach your doorstep.
Named after the famous Mocha Port, the main coffee market from the 15th – 18th century, this company is deeply rooted in tradition and authenticity. They believe in human-to-human interactions, focusing on traditional agricultural methods and building a sustainable relationship between local farmers and coffee lovers globally!
Zatoun is known as “Palestine in a bottle” and helps to support the livelihoods of Palestinian farmers and artisans. By making their fair-trade products available in North America, they are able to create income streams and economic stability for the region. Olive oil is known as the lifeblood of the land of Palestine and its people, with the olive being the universal symbol of peace, warmth, light and divinity. It represents the lands of Palestine and its indigenous people.
Since 2003, Zatoun has been connecting the people of North America to the history, culture, and challenges of the people and the land of Palestine. As a voice of Palestinians, Zatoun has tirelessly worked to promote Palestinian products in Canada, creating commercial links that support the economy of Palestine. Through public awareness and education, they are able to humanize the people of Palestine and help humanize their struggle.
Leigh grew up picking fresh carrots and beets near the Nanaimo river in Vancouver. She witnessed a generation of resilient First Nations women rely on nature for plant foods and medicine. At a young age she grew to deeply respect and understand the connections between food and culture. Although her family witnessed the intergenerational effects of residential schools, the elders continued to teach lessons of love, culture and identity.
Sḵwálwen was born as a blend of science and Squamish tradition, a careful combination of ancestral knowledge and modern ethnobotanist research. It is through her work with plants that Leigh continues to give her family a connection to their traditional roots and the land itself. Through her business she hopes to contribute to the Indigenous cultural knowledge renewal, shining pride on where she comes from and sharing the teachings passed down from generation to generation.
Each Sḵwálwen product is hand made with care, starting with an ethical sustainable harvest and ending with each bottle being hand labeled by Leigh herself. With a growing awareness of what goes into skincare products, Sḵwálwen is proudly free from chemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors and parabens.
Essentials by Temi
Temi Shobowale pursued her lifelong passion of beauty by creating her own organic plant-based skincare line but she couldn’t stop there. Temi had the heart of a humanitarian. While searching for fair-trade shea butter Temi came across the Ajike Shea Centre. Immediately she knew she had to assist the important initiative.
The Ajike Shea Centre is a social enterprise which was established to empower rural women in Ghana who are the backbones of their families. The founder, Ajike, discovered the horrific ways women were exploited and faced hardships in the Shea export industry. The Ajike Shea Centre employs rural women to produce shea butter, allowing them to support their families and their communities.
Temi decided that she needed to do more than just purchase the Shea directly from the Ajike centre. As a result Essentials By Temi pledged to donate proceeds from their quarterly butter-based product sales to the centre. Through shea butter sales, this initiative has been funding the construction of a local school, school supplies, and uniforms for the children in the surrounding community.
In Aleppo, Syria, soap-making is a timeless tradition. The soap there is known as one of the oldest soaps in the world, made with no chemicals or additives and highly coveted globally. Even as far back as the the 11th century, the Crusaders brought Aleppo soap back to Europe, igniting a centuries-long love affair with the olive and laurel oil-based wash. When the Syrian conflict broke out, a worldwide shortage of this popular soap occurred with the destruction factories and skills as people fled to safety amidst a war.
When Syrian Abdulfatah Sabouni arrived in Calgary, Canada, he revived his family's soap-making tradition that had spanned four generations. As he struggled to learn English and build a unique business, his entrepreneurial dreams came true with the success of Aleppo Savon. Proudly handmade in Edmonton, Canada, the soap-making process is long and tedious, with many soaps cured for over 6 months. At the end of the process, you have a product created with a craft that is 3,000 years old, perfected and unchanged.