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August’s first Open Air Stock Exchange!

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We had an amazing time yesterday at the Goethe Institut. Our monthly ecofriendly market is now a big hit in Accra and the place to be on the first Saturday of every month. Also on the second Saturday of every month in Airport residential. Yesterday was the best turnout we have had at the Goethe Institut for the month of August.

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The Open Air Stock Exchange was started 5 years ago to support the local ecofriendly industry. The program supports artisans and producers of local Ghanaian handmade and organic products.

For the first time, there was a queue at the food court and no available chairs

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We look forward to seeing you next Saturday at the Open Air Stock Exchange in airport residential 🙂

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Spreading ecofriendly culture

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Our mission  at Green Butterfly is to spread ecofriendly culture. We believe that through the right initiatives, leadership, and capacity building, lives can be transformed in our local communities. We can eradicate poverty in Ghana.

Poverty exists mainly in our minds and that’s exactly where change should start – in our minds. Think positive! Have a “can-do” attitude. Be brave! Have faith and believe in yourself. Work hard! Believe that you can create positive change in your community.

What does the word “ecofriendly” mean? It simply means “not harmful to the environment”. Being ecofriendly means you are kind towards your environment and to the earth. Reducing toxic waste and harmful emissions, recycling, upcycling and re-using; being kind to plants, flowers, trees, animals and all living species on earth. You are conscious about how your actions affect the world we all live in, including our beloved children.

We are currently facing a great electricity generation and supply problem in Ghana. Can we explore alternative sources of energy? Can we use these methods to generate “Green electricity” at the community level? How  do we come up with sustainable energy solutions? These are a few questions we can ask ourselves while trying to find solutions to the problem.

We have amazing weather and conditions for organic farming. Have you thought of growing your own food? It’s very easy just ask us! Not only can you feed your family with healthy organic food, you can also sell your excess harvests at the “open air stock exchange” market. Email us at gogreenbutterfly@gmail.com and we will be happy to send you tips and advice to get started on your garden or farm. We are accepting donations in cash and in organic seeds for our farming project so feel free to email us if you are interested in supporting the program. The idea is to develop food sovereignty within our local communities and to promote health, wellness, and economic freedom.
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Be inspired! ❤
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Posted in Organic Food, Vegan food, Vegetarian Food

Cucumber and parsley salad in a yoghurt and garlic dressing

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This light and refreshing cucumber and parsley salad is delicious and very healthy.

Ingredients:
Diced cucumber
Fresh parsley
Garlic
Salt
Fresh unsweetened yoghurt (also called Greek yoghurt)

I have a pre-made garlic paste (seen in the picture below) which I mixed with a little olive and coconut oil. I keep it in the fridge and use it in my salads and for cooking. Next to the garlic is the Greek yoghurt, and of course we have our cucumber and parsley.

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Just throw the diced cucumber and parsley into a bowl and add the yoghurt, garlic paste and salt and that’s it!

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Mint infused spicy “light soup” with yams

The soup base is made with onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and herbs. What you will need:

5 large tomatoes
4 large onions
Half a clove of garlic
A finger ‘ s measure of ginger
Seasoning of choice
Mint leaves
Bay leaves
Parsley
Fresh hot peppers
Mushrooms
Yam or potato

First boil the onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger in water for about 15 to 20 minutes. Using a cooking spoon, remove the onions, garlic, pepper and tomatoes and blend together to form a paste. Ginger tends to be very hard so I prefer to leave it in the soup as it is.

Add the blended paste back into the pot and stir. Now you can add herbs and extra seasonings. Add some salt if needed and your cubed yam or potatoes and mushrooms and that’s it!  Want a slightly sweeter soup? Add some carrots and blend in! 🙂

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JULY ECO MARKETS IN ACCRA

“The Open Air Stock Exchange” eco markets happen in Accra on the first and second Saturdays of every month. Local artisans, eco friendly makers and innovators gather to showcase products and services including clothing, accessories, natural foods, organic fresh produce, toiletries and more.

On the first Saturday of every month, we are at the Goethe Institut.

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Thanks Majid Michel for passing by to shop!

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Majid Michel and Yasmeen (founder of Green Butterfly)

On the Second Saturday of every month we are in airport residential area near Koala supermarket and GIZ.

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The next market will be happening on the 6th of August at the Goethe Institut, and then on the 13th of August in Airport residential area.

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Learn a new skill today

Green Butterfly works with a group of highly skilled artisans, farmers, craftsmen /women of various disciplines, soap and toiletries manufacturers and more, in a series of skills training programs. Beneficiaries of our programs are mostly mothers and small children.

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Programs such as the beading course, led by a seasoned bead craftsman – Prosper, teaches participants beading techniques for bags, belts, footwear, and various accessories such as this lizard keychain:

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Or this necklace:

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We have soap making workshops to teach liquid soapmaking as well as solid soap making.  Fulera leads our liquid soapmaking workshops and Yasmeen leads the solid soapmaking workshops.

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Everything we need to create amazing natural and organic soaps are right here in Ghana. We have amazing butters, oils, herbs, clays and additives. Learn with us! (Call or WhatsApp 0264799143)

Peter leads our beekeeping and honey production workshop; and this summer, Yasmeen will be keeping the kids busy in our special music workshops for small children one year and up!

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Spread the word to all your friends. You never know who needs a way out. Our program “the open air stock exchange” eco market has helped grow over 50 small businesses in the areas of Arts, Crafts, clothing, fresh produce, toiletries and cosmetics, personal care and more. The eco market offers a great platform for our skills training beneficiaries to move on into doing business for themselves.

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Simple recipe: Oyster mushrooms in butter and garlic sauce.

If your mushrooms are dried you will need to soak them in water for at least 15 minutes. Soak them longer if you want them soft.

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When the mushrooms become soft you can start. This dish is ready in under 5 minutes. If you want to have it with rice, pre cook the rice and then just throw this on top.

You will need:
Mushrooms (of your choice)
Onions
Ground black pepper / lemon pepper
Butter
Ground garlic (approx 4 cloves)
Salt and Seasoning

For one portion, melt a tablespoon or two of butter in a frying pan. Add garlic to the butter and then add onions.

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Add mushrooms and any herbs and spices you wish to add. I added this great all round seasoning from Badia.

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Throw in the mushrooms, add salt, pepper and seasonings and voila!

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It tastes great and is super low in calories. Serve with pita bread, brown toast, or on a bed of rice.

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Where does your money go?

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Every day we spend money on various things ranging from things we absolutely need to things that are for pleasure or considered luxury items. Whatever the case may be, we spend money on products everyday but have you thought carefully about where your money is going and what sort of impact your spending makes on your community, your country, and the world? This is very important so take a few minutes to think about it.

There are mighty multinationals like Nestlé, Unilever, and the like. There are medium to large manufacturing companies some of whom employ the use of chemicals and dangerous substances in their products. Then there are the small to medium companies run by members of our very own communities some of whom are making (or growing) quality eco friendly  products without the use of dangerous chemicals or harming animals. Where would you rather spend your money?
The billions of dollars earned everyday by multinationals may not be impacted severely by your individual decision to patronise and support a local, handmade product but your decision to support that small local business means the world to a mother who desperately needs to make ends meet. You could be helping her put meals on her table, to clothe her children and to put them through school.

Here at Green Butterfly we support such women through capacity building and various retail platforms. Find out about the next eco market happening near you. If you live in Accra it’s happening on the first Saturday of every month at the Goethe Institut in East Cantonments (next to NAFTI) and on the second Saturday of every month in Airport residential area  (near GIZ) and Koala supermarket. Products you can find at the eco market include:

●Locally grown, Organic herbs and vegetables
● handicrafts
● beads and accessories
● natural handmade soaps
● natural handmade cosmetics
● Oils
● natural health foods
● fabric and clothing
● footwear
● art
● local music
● thrift items

Support local ecofriendly business and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing how your spending impacts people in your community. Your money is not going towards funding toxic chemical products, or enriching an already rich group of people. Your money goes back into your community and the people who live there.

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What you didn’t know about dried Oyster Mushrooms

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Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus Ostreatus) are great tasting fleshy mushrooms low in carbohydrates and calories, and high in riboflavin, vitamin B1, B2, iron, and other minerals. These mushrooms are considered very good for the health because they are cholesterol and fat free! The protein quality in oyster mushrooms is nearly equal to animal derived protein. Not to mention being high in fiber, niacin, and antioxidants.

Because of their amazing antioxidant and low sodium properties, Oyster mushrooms are suitable additions to the diet of people with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. They are recommended to help lower cholestrol in the diet and are even suspected to reduce the profileration of cells that cause cancer. “Extracts of king oyster mushroom has shown to stimulate the immune function.” (Source: http://www.diethealthclub.com)

Use of mushroom in cancer treatment is an on-going research activity that has a lot of promise. It is even known to benefit people with Hepatitis: “Oyster mushrooms are known to benefit people trying to quit tobacco products or even counter the Hepatitis C virus!. Other people who will benefit by including them in their daily diet are people suffering from anemia, hyperacidity, constipation and of course, to boost general immunity.” (Source: Diet Health Club)

Invest in yourself by adding this nutritional food to your diet. Great for vegetarians and vegans. Visit Green Butterfly in North Dzorwulu behind the Fiesta Royale hotel. Or call us for delivery (233) 247900791.

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