The Haitian Clay Cookie
In Haiti 1 out of 10 children will die before the age of five with one of the leading causes being malnutrition. Recently, the country has been rocked by the earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 along with many other disasters which have continued to make food production very difficult and the price of nourishment out of reach for many that live on $2 a day.
The solution for many Haitians? The Bon Bon Tè - known to many as a "mud cookie." Mud and clay cookies provide no nutrition for those who eat them but temporarily satisfies the hunger pains experienced by those with no other option for food or money to buy it. Aside from the risk of soil-transmitted helminths or bacteria, adults and children relying on clay cookies are prone to malnutrition.
The truly miraculous part of this story is how we can make a difference in this cycle of hunger. Vineworks has partnered with the Apparent project through Papillon to sell Haitian made mugs which are hand-crafted out of the same clay that the cookies are made out of. Rather than eating the clay, artisans are able to use the clay to create beautiful products that help them earn a living wage. These artisans are now able to sculpt their way out of poverty to provide food, housing, and education for their families!
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