Jacqueline is passionate about social justice. Her business Hakuna Matata Imports and Art Prints for Africa (HMI-APA) grew our of a personal journey that included living and working in Africa, which led her socially based business to have a specific focus on Africa; one that supports small business development locally and globally along with well-being of children and youth.
She understands that it takes more than passion; it takes education. Jacqueline’s business markets through an educational medium to help others understand the needs of Africa, the importance of supporting small business development, and models of development that create partnerships as opposed to dependencies.
As a social entrepreneur the values embedded within Jacqueline’s business model address issues of social justice and economic inequalities. Based on over twenty years of working in the field of international development, and her ten years in Africa, her business addresses two key development issues: the growing informal/small business urban economy in Africa and Canada along with the growing number of youth in Africa that lack employment and the issue of child poverty in Canada.
HMI markets and sells jewelry and other accessories imported from Kenya or Ethiopia or made by local Victoria artisans. APA markets original art, reproductions, and ethnic art and cards to support the arts and small business community. Products are sold through collective groupings such as house events, local markets, outreach, and online with a portion of all sales donated to support the needs of African youth.
Supporting Jacqueline and in turn, HMI-APA , means supporting communities in Africa, a locally socially based business and a larger global issue.
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|Linda Hunter has spent the last 35 joy filled years as an independent writer and professional event planner, dedicated to service. For the past 20 years, she has felt blessed to be participating in a multi generational home, raising family and living in beautiful BC. Involved in a wealth of exciting and fulfilling projects she remains convinced that life is about growing authentic relationships, supporting passion and each other, and celebrating change and growth, however that shows up. She lives by the motto : We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give" coined by Winston Churchill.
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