Haitian Ice Cream: The Taharka Bros
From The Haitian American Facebook Page:
Spotted some Haitian chocolate ice cream in downtown Baltimore, Maryland by the Taharka Bros. Here’s what President Martelly had to say about it in his NAACP speech:
” A group of young entrepreneurs from the inner-city in Baltimore, Maryland– The Taharka Bros.–are producing and selling ice cream that incorporates chocolate, salt, and coffee grown in Haiti. Through alliances with farmers in Haiti these African American business owners understand that they can do more for a Haitian farmer, his family, and his community by buying a $200.00 bag of chocolate from them rather than donating $2,000.00. They call it “ice cream with a purpose”, and this is exactly the kind of relationship I’m here today to highlight. As a matter of fact, as we speak, these young men are in northern Haiti to strengthen their relationship with farmers and to relive the history of the Haitian revolution.”
According to the Taharka Brothers Website
Having launched as a Benefit Corp. in 2010, the Baltimore based Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Co. is a for-profit and for-community social enterprise managed and operated primarily by college aged young adults. We use our award-winning ice creams, sorbets, and business initiatives to champion the fight for a better, brighter, and more “Taharkafied” world. Our offerings serve as a vessel for the continuous flow of cultural understanding, economic and social justice, civic involvement and, of course, good times!!! Repping various parts of a city steeped in struggle, we’ve thought deeply about friends, families, futures, hopes, ‘hoods and heroes asking ourselves hard questions. Could we promote peace, social and economic justice to communities both local and non-local via an ice cream business? Could we make a good living and have crazy fun? We also thought on things that have inspired us, both sung and unsung human rights warriors that have made our world a more just place. We meditated on the struggles in the ‘hood, the music that maintains us and the writers and poets that sustain us. And of course we contemplated food – good food – and yes, those who go without food. We believed we could create a little sumthin’ that might, if done right, make a big difference (in a sweet way) in both our lives and the lives of others.