Multi-award winning, Afro-Caribbean rum brand, Equiano, has announced its 2021 Equiano Rum Co Foundation grant recipient – Anti-Slavery International
The brand, named in honour of Nigerian abolitionist and freedom fighter Olaudah Equiano, donates 5% of its profits and US$2 from each bottle sold through the brand’s website to freedom and equality projects across the globe.
Aaisha Dadral, alongside the brand’s other co-founders, Oli Bartlam, Ian Burrell, and Amanda Kakembo, have intended to continue the work of the brand’s namesake through the Equiano Rum Co Foundation.
“Equiano was an extraordinary human and certainly one that we should all know and learn about,” said Dadral. “As founders, we’re passionate about all that he fought for and the Equiano Rum Co Foundation is part of our commitment to championing his values in today’s world.
The Foundation’s first grant will be awarded to Anti-Slavery International, a charity that works to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery around the world. Founded in 1839, the organisation campaigns for slavery eradication, while also lobbying for more effective implementation of national and international laws.
“We’re proud to select Anti-Slavery as the recipient of the Equiano Rum Co Foundation’s first grant. Their dedication to ending modern-day slavery coupled with the way they work on the ground in relevant territories resonated with us all.
“We’re looking forward to supporting and sharing more of their empowering work and continuing the work of Olaudah Equiano.”
For more information about the Foundation, go to equianorum.com
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