Black Sustainability Network
Join Sustainability Practitioners, Enthusiasts and Professionals Across the Diaspora
The Black Sustainability Network is the largest global network of Black/African Sustainability organizations, professionals and enthusiasts. Our network convenes annually for the Black Sustainability Summit and we continue to host an online community for members across the globe. Our platform supports raising awareness, gaining greater visibility for projects, research, and contract opportunities. Additionally, it serves as a forum for members to exchange knowledge, facilitate collaboration while also providing information on new opportunities in the field of sustainable development in Africa and across her diaspora.
Currently, we are in the process of migrating our 2,000+ member base to utilize our social platform and soon releasing a custom designed platform. To-date, our member-only network platform hosts approximately 250 individuals of our 2,000+ global membership. We want to ensure sustainable development is implemented while applying indigenous experts have a sacred space to connect, collaborate and contribute to projects that will positively impact our communities.
When contract opportunities arise -- we have a match.
When community projects are proposed -- we have an impact fund/sponsors and matching experts to complete the work.
When relevant workshops/conferences/events are upcoming our vetted network is aware and can participate as either host or attendee. And all members contribute to a bi-annual report on the state of Black Sustainability in their respective region.
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I'm a company/organization in need of sustainable solutions. I want to work/collaborate with other entities and experts on projects! Let's leverage our strengths.
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Red Black and Green Impact Fund
SUPPORT PROJECTS YOU BELIEVE IN
Impact investments, such as yours, are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact. The funds received are either DONATED and then granted equally across the projects we highlight each year, OR upon investor request, distributed specifically to a project in which they desire to support. If funds are specifically earmarked for a project, the ROI is determined by the investor and the recipient before funds are distributed.
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90% OF FUNDS GO TOWARD GENERAL FUND; 10% SAVED FOR FUTURE PROJECTS
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EARMARKED PROJECTS & ROI
ROI can be as simple as an agreement or MOU that outlines how the funds will be used and what the investor expects in return. Once an agreement is reached, a letter confirming the details of the investment and ROI expected are emailed to both parties. Because receipt of funds by Black Sustainability Network does not guarantee an agreement will be reached, all funds are held between 15-30 business days until both parties reach an agreement. If one cannot be reached investors receive 90% of funds back and are charged a 10% administrative fee, not to exceed $200.
Hand-ups for Those Doing The Work
PROJECT NAME: NIA OT FOODS LTD
LOCATION: ASHANTI REGION, GHANA
Nkawie-Nkonteng in the Atwima Nwabiagya
PROJECT TYPE: BLACK LAND RESTORATION
Theophilus Owusu, is the owner of Nia OT and a regenerative agriculturist with interest in food forest development. He is developing a regenerative moringa agroforestry project. Although moringa is the main crop, vetiva, citronella, plantain and lemongrass are also crops on the property. These additional plants serve as cover crops and provide soil/water conservation while also providing food/medicine to be used in essential oil production and local roofing.
Why do you do it? What need/gap do you fill?
I want to produce food sustainably and increase food availability to curb undernourishment. Through this, others can get decent work and make their livelihoods. When this idea is fully operational, 5% of the annual profit will be used to help education, healthcare, sanitation and afforestation.
We also plan to grow other fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and also do beekeeping, together with moringa.
The benefits of this concept provides food, employment, improves biodiversity, protects the ecosystem and contributes to community development. This project is for community development, provision of decent livelihoods and focuses on increasing food security.
What We Will Do With The Funds
I am currently working on harvesting and processing the matured moringa leaves for the market. We need $1,500 of funding to construct a solar oven (dryer) and purchase a stainless-steel grinder together with materials for packaging to enable us to harvest the matured moringa leaves.
AMOUNT NEEDED $1,500
AMOUNT PLEDGED $ 0
AMOUNT FUNDED $ In-kind
2 SOLAR OVENS DONATED!
PROJECT NAME: CULTURE YAWD
PROJECT TYPE: CULTURAL PRESERVATION
ABOUT US: We are the Granny Nanny Cultural Group, a traditional Jamaican Maroon performing arts ensemble, which consists of community-based artists, musicians, drummers, storytellers, craftspeople and herbal healers from the Windward Maroon capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Moore Town and the larger Rio Grande Valley.
In 2016, we toured the eastern United States, sharing our Maroon music, arts and culture at educational and cultural institutions in four states as well as Washington, D.C. We also appear in the 2015 documentary-film Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, about our founding ancestress and Jamaica’s only National Heroine, Queen Nanny of the Maroons. The documentary is used by UNESCO in their International Decade for People of African Descent activities. Our 2016 debut musical project is an MP3 album/double-CD titled, Granny Nanny Come Oh: Jamaican Maroon Kromanti and Kumina Music and Other Oral Traditions, purchase on Amazon to support us as well.
Please help us complete our cultural space in our community.
We are kindly asking for your support to help us complete The Granny Nanny Maroon Culture Yawd, which will be a mixed-use space designed to help us preserve Maroon culture and contribute to capacity building around these five areas:
(1) Live Cultural Edutainment;
(2) Arts & Craft Creation & Merchandising;
(3) Education & Skills Training Workshops;
(4) Jerk Pit & Herbal Center; and
(5) an Information Clearinghouse.
These activities in this cultural venue will benefit the wider Maroon community of visual, literary and performing artists within our Portland parish, Jamaica. It will also allow us to be able to create, maintain and share our cultural arts with the wider world, as we welcome visitors from all walks of life.
What the funds will be used for:
We seek to purchase items to be shipped to Jamaica for our cultural space, including Canopy Tents & Tarpaulins; Video Projection Equipment; Computers, Tablets and Peripheral Devices; Music/Sound Equipment; Arts & Craft Tools; and T-Shirt Printing Equipment. We have already received about one third of the target amount from generous donors and charitable organizations, and we are kindly asking for your help in getting over the finish line.