Help Infusions KW grow!

By patty marotte, in Food, at Farwaniya, Kuwait

Infusions KW leased a site where we have started construction for a production kitchen. Because we were a home business we now have to buy everything from scratch for all our kitchen necessities!

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Our Story

"I wouldn't call it a hobby but a lifestyle." Patty Marotte-creator of Infusions KW

The kitchen has always been the most important and used area in our home. Meals are a way to unite families and strengthen friendships. When I see people enjoy my creations I have a genuine feeling of happiness. All my years in Kuwait, I made dinners just to have family and friends try my new recipes.

The kitchen is my sanctuary for inner peace and relaxation. Whether it is my pickled spicy items or funky fusion dishes, I like to play with flavors and create new ones.

The kitchen is where I find my inspirations and create new products. It is the place where I want my community to enjoy foods and learn with me.

The Beginning

I seriously started learning about the benefits of spices and herbs when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Lupus. It was here I started to piece together the connection to the foods we eat and how our body responds to particular foods. I also realized that most of our choices for poor food was from that of convenience! This is what I call the "easy to get" access mentality. It is easier to reach for a bag of crisps, pack of croissants, and sweet cereal to feed your family than proper real food meals. In an effort to alleviate my condition, I started to change my diet. Then I started to change my family's diet out of concern for their future health.

Evolving

The more I learned the more I experimented. I started to tweak old family recipes for sauces, spreads, and spices. It is during these years I developed a vast knowledge of herbs and spices. Social media started to connect me to others like me on the same quest for a holistic lifestyle. Then with the appearance of local street markets revolved around good food my chance came to let my skills be tasted by the community at large.

Our Effort

For a year me and my husband Bo Salem hustled market after market every weekend, personally delivered products to doors ordered by telephone, posted daily available fresh products as I made them on social media, and participated as many charity functions as we could. Our humble beginnings started with Shakshooka Market, a nomadic food street market founded by the creative Maryam Al-Nusif. If it was not for her believing in me and my vision, Infusions KW would not be here today. Then, I found my permanent home at the famous local farmers market called Qout Market. The importance of being part of the Qout initiative is not just to sell. We are given opportunities to serve, educate, and learn with other community members via various local events all geared towards a lifestyle wellness movement in Kuwait. This was how my efforts were validated for what I did all these years to be of service.

Our Journey

"The more people you serve, the more effective you become." Robert Kiyosaki – Entrepreneur and bestselling author

We have grown during this last year and the journey has been remarkable. However, just as the caterpillar transforms to a butterfly; Infusions KW is transforming into a full service production kitchen!

Infusions KW recently leased a site where we have started construction on a production kitchen. Our products will still be made with TLC and have that homemade taste. This decision was made so we may continue to offer our products and also phase into providing healthy meals. It will ensure that we maintain standards and guarantee quality assurance. We at Infusions KW want to dedicate all our efforts to provide the community with healthy foods and inspire our members to become part of the wellness movement. Our mission is to promote awareness, sustainability, natural healing in a conscious society in quest of fresh and highly nutritious preservative-free products.


Most of us our searching for a holistic lifestyle.

The Significance

If each household spent an additional $30 (approx.10 KD) a year on products offered by local businesses, it would contribute an extra $3million (approx. 1million KD) a year to our local economy, create hundreds more job opportunities annually and inspire thousands to build better community networks and make Kuwait more self-sufficient!

"Food is essential to life; therefore make it good!"

Infusions KW supports and exemplifies healthy foods and natural living. By eliminating over processed foods and artificial additives from our diet we are healing our planet Earth, our country Kuwait, our food community and sustaining the local economy. One approach to be a social change maker is saying yes to mostly organic food products produced locally and sourced from farms in Kuwait. By doing this we as a community will create a demand for the availability of more healthy food choices. Infusions KW offers an assortment of food products for various lifestyles and individuals with dietary needs; Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, or just want to eat healthier.

The Essentials

Besides your continuous faith in our products you will be assisting the transformation and sustainability of Infusions KW. We are seeking your support in being funded by $5,000(approx. 1,800 KD) or more to complete our plans for expansion and upscale the production kitchen. The physical site has already been paid ahead for half a year and we started the construction of the kitchen. However, for now we are only able to do just the basics. In order to conform to ministry regulations we have to tear down the existing walls and make brick walls for a licensed kitchen. All the piping and electricity has to be replaced, too. These examples as well as some other issues were unexpected costs we did not anticipate. This reallocated our budget in our business. We are also asking for your assistance to build up our kitchen necessities.

Bowls & Spoons Dilemma!

Since Infusions KW started out as a family business we were using the existing items in our home kitchen. With the transfer to the new production kitchen, we have nothing to stock it with! Before I had used everything from home. We have to replace all equipment such as food processor, blender, grinder, pots, trays, and all utensils.


The Gain

In addition to the joy of supporting a local Kuwaiti company and assisting it in self-sustainment, you will also be given the option to select from a diverse assortment of perks. All contributors will be included on our "Infusions Contributors Tree" or our "Infusions Contributors Book" to be displayed in our show area as a supporter of the health and wellness movement in Kuwait.

Alternative Supporting Schemes

We are also in need of assistance from our community members that have a range of skill sets. Perhaps you can donate your time and skills and help us in achieve our goal by under-taking an on-site project for Infusions KW. The contributor will be highlighted with a name frame in the location. So far, the below listed items are considered essential; however, if you have other ideas or skills not mentioned please feel free to fill the section labeled jobs and services.

  1. Art aspect: to paint the "Grow with Infusions Contributors Tree" mural with artist's name that will display the plaques and Name Leaves of all our contributors.
  2. Carpentry aspect: to make 2 small free-standing display stands (preferably out of recycled wood) to be used for product displays.
  3. Media aspect: Because our store is situated on mezzanine level with a large window, a contributor is needed to design and contribute one large window sticker panel to be placed on the store window to be visible from the street below. This would be a great marketing opportunity for the printing company since many new shops are opening in the area and will need something similar.
  4. Literature aspect: A small shelf with books: A donation of books about healthy living, art, foods, planting or any book that qualifies as part of the healthy wellness movement in Kuwait. We want these books for our little sitting area outside the kitchen.
  5. Charity aspect: One charitable organization based in Kuwait that would like a permanent spot in our location whether for a brochure stand or a roll-up sign. The contributors benefits will also include a designated time period within the year where a percentage of our sales will go to the charity organization.
  6. Culinary aspect: A local chef to demonstrate one healthy cooking lesson in our official opening week of our production kitchen.
  7. Image aspect: We are in need of a freelance photographer to cover the Infusions KW journey with pictures of different phases in our project as we start our transformation to put in our scrapbook that will be on display in our show area labeled with the contributing photographer's name.
  8. Agricultural aspect: Since there are big windows in the facility we are in need of seedlings, narrow pots, and a planting session with kids so that we can have fresh organic herbs to use in our production kitchen and be an example of urban gardening. The contributor will have a sign on display in the herbs area on the window.
  9. Recycling aspect: An environmental enthusiast to volunteer time for a workshop in our production kitchen on recycling kitchen items and provide recycling bins. To teach us the way to separate bio raw foods like unused vegetables so as to donate to a local garden/farm for compost. We have a lot of unwanted extras during our kitchen process and Infusions KW wants to learn to do it right and be an example of how production kitchens can do their share in environmental awareness.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller
If you are unable to financially contribute or donate skills to the project, you can still play a vital role by sharing this link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media platforms. It is only with all of us working together that we can revolutionize. You can be the change maker by being a social supporter. Please use our hashtag #this_infusions_journey on all your social media posts

Risk & Challenge

The risk for any small business is great! The statistics are well documented. This is why Infusions KW is taking that extra step to reach out and ask for assistance to a society built on helping out and cooperating. The concept of platform of crowd-funding is still new to Kuwait. However, that is how much we are dedicated to Infusions KW to make sure it doesn’t shoot up like a shooting star then fade out into the black of the night sky. We have dedicated ourselves to this concept 100%. This is a risk we hope you are willing to take with us because you believe in Infusions KW, and what we represent. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion.”

FAQs

How will Infusions KW use the $5000 if raised?

We will use these funds to pay for equipment, utensils, and shelving units, refridgerators, sanitizing machines so that we may continue creating our food products at a higher rate. Also, we want to create interactive activities at our location such as healthy cooking workshops for adults/children. I will offer sessions on how and why to incorporate natural ingredients into your daily dietary regimen. This is one example of how we are aiming to maximize the efficiency of our transformation while still being accessible to our community.

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Mohammed Albesharah

on November 28th, 2015

all the best

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Infusions KW Try our infamous Zazoo!
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-1 jar of Pomegranate Zaatar 260ml

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Infusions KW Name Leaf
-Your name hand painted on our Infusions Contributors Tree by our in house artist my 12 year old daughter Noor :)
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Infusions KW Ceramic-Spice Up Your Table S & P Set
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-Your choice of 1 infused salt flavor and 1 infused black pepper in a ceramic holder.

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Infusions KW-You're Sweet as Honey Jars gift set
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-Your choice of 4 different flavored honey 300ml and 1 wooden honey dipper

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Infusions KW Mini Breakfast Delights Basket
-Name on our Infusions Contributors Book
-Small basket of breakfast spreads: 1 Honey Butter, 1 Rosemary Olive tapenade, 1 Pomegranate Zaatar and loaf of bread from local artisanal baker

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Basket Lovers
- Name Leaf on our Infusions Contributors Tree (can be family name or individual)
-Gourmet Picnic Basket made of recycled material from HOBq8 full of Infusions KW goodies
-Single mention on social media for contribution

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Infusions KW Olive Oil Pack
-Name on our Infusions Contributors Book
-Your choice of 2 flavors of 500ml infused olive oil and loaf of bread from local artisanal baker

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Personalized Spice Rack
- Name Leaf on our Infusions Contributors Tree (can be family name or individual)
-personalized spice rack from local wood crafter ewood
-Single mention of your contribution on all our social media
-A personalized thank you card from local Kuwaiti artist paper specialist Niraconcept

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Infusions KW Can Do it!

-Name hand painted on a branch of the Infusions Contributors Tree (can be business, family name, or individual)
-A gourmet basket filled with Infusions goodies
-A single mention of your contribution on ALL our social media
-10% of all orders for 3 months
-A personalized thank you card from local Kuwaiti artist paper specialist Niraconcept

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Shipping: Domestic

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WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

-A plaque on our Infusions Contributors Tree
(can be business, family name, or individual)
-A gourmet basket filled with Infusions KW goodies
-Long term acknowledgment on all our social media including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, our website and name/logo our brochure
-10% of all orders for 6 months
-A framed Certificate of Appreciation

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WE ARE YOUR #1 FAN!

-A plaque on our Infusions Contributors Tree (can be business, family name, or individual)
-A gourmet Himlayan Pink Salt Slab
-A gourmet basket filled with Infusions goodies
-Long term acknowledgment on all our social media including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, our website and name/logo on roll up banner used at all events and our brochure
-10% of all orders for one year
-A framed Certificate of Appreciation and crystal award
-A private behind the scenes tour of the new Infusions Production Kitchen and a sit down gourmet tasting of our products in our sitting area (you and a guest) (must pre-book before 7 days and must use within 60 days of when delivered the rewards)

Estimated Delivery: August 2015
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