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Kayifi News

Mar 2022

Kayifi Outreach is coming Soon! At Kayifi, we recognize the importance of Caribbean youth as a pillar of the future of the islands. We are excited to introduce a new program: Kayifi Outreach, aimed at giving Caribbean youth knowledge, resources, and tools integral to their success. Check out the following links for more information!

Welcome to Kayifi Outreach! (blog)

Introductory Video (includes signup form)

Facebook Group

Aug 2021

Great News Everyone! We are always looking for new ways to improve Kayifi and keep the listings fresh! For all buyers and tenants, we want you to be able to find what you are looking for.

For all sellers, real estate agents, brokers, and landlords we want you to get many inquiries on your listings. Please edit your existing properties to reflect the date that your verbal or written contract to sell or rent expires. When you enter new properties, please add the date in there too. By default, all properties will expire in 120 days from the date of entry. But don’t worry, you will receive an email notification with easy access to update 1 week prior to the expiration date.

Let’s stay fresh! Kayifi is Your Caribbean Connection!

Apr 2021

As you may have noticed, we have changed the layout of our homepage and the functionality of our property search to make finding your perfect Caribbean home even easier! If you have any problems, questions, or feedback on the new look, click here to contact us. Thank you for using Kayifi!

Mar 2021

Coming Soon! Kayifi Vacation Rentals. List your short-term and vacation rental properties. Contact us for more information and to be updated!

Tutorials Section

We have added tutorials to our Youtube page, to find out how to register, how to upload profile and property pictures click the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu8TgI-NstRIS0ehKlby2Bg

Caribbean News

St. Lucia To Export Bananas to the UK Again

On August 9, 2022, Minister Prospere of St. Lucia reported the positive changes in the local banana industry. The year 2000 was the last time St. Lucia could export their banana crops to the UK due to several unfortunate factors. This export halt directly impacted 600 farmers and the livelihoods of the people of St. Lucia. That is why local government officials were inclined to search for a solution to the crisis. 

In the August address, Prospere was quoted as having stated the following: 

“I am pleased to report that we have recommenced the shipment of bananas to the UK for the past nine weeks. To date we were able to restore production levels to our contractual obligations of 2000 boxes a week as of the end of July 2022. The hard work and commitment of our farmers, field officers, the Banana Task Force and the NFTO has paid off.” 

Yes, this highly competitive market is a significant industry for St. Lucia, but it comes with its challenges. You see, the banana export industry was hit hard by the increases in fuel prices, making shipping a challenge. Since the bananas took 21 days to reach the UK, they arrived with quality issues. Therefore, other shipping methods are being explored to ensure a timely and quality assured delivery. And that is good news for the farmers of St. Lucia. 

Furthermore, the Minister encourages the locals to eat more locally grown bananas as another way to support the local farmers. In the program Agriculture on the Move, Prospere stated the following. 

“Aside from children, we can do the same for the prison, the hospitals you know and really increase consumption of our bananas.” 

The people of the Caribbean, as well as the governments, are working diligently to improve the health and welfare of the locals. Bananas could play a large part in improving the health of the islanders. In case you did not know, here are some benefits the body bananas provide—in their own packaging too! 

  • Potassium for muscles, kidneys, heart health, and bone strength. 
  • Fiber for cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation. 
  • Antioxidants decrease the chances of heart disease and degenerative illnesses. 

Heading to St. Lucia on vacation? Why don’t you grab a banana or two while you are there?! 

CITED: StLuciaTimes.com, Caribbean.loopnews.com, Caribbeannewsglobal.com, Webmd.com, Helthline.com 

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Carribean Acknowledgement

Sint Eustatius/Stacia

Learning About Sint Eustatius/Stacia 

Sint Eustatius is a small, charming Caribbean island known to the locals as Statia. It is a special municipality of the Netherlands located in the northern Leeward Islands of the West Indies. The island is a stunning showcase of the old-world Caribbean, with peaceful scenery and laid-back vibes. 

With an area of just over 8 square miles, Sint Eustatius is home to a dormant volcano, incredible diving opportunities, a lush rainforest, and historical sites. 

History of Sint Eustatius/Stacia 

Like much of the Caribbean and surrounding areas, Sint Eustatius was first discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. Many European empires claimed the island for the next 150 years, finally formally settled by the Dutch in 1636. 

At the end of the 18th century, Sint Eustatius became an important free port. It was a massive transshipment point in the Caribbean and earned the nickname “Golden Rock.” 

The port’s status led to the island becoming a center for contraband imported and sold to just about anyone. Furthermore, it became a critical factor in the American War of Independence. The British disagreed with Sint Eustatius’s involvement with the American forces and launched an attack in 1781. The British took control of the island only to have allies of the Dutch, the French, regain the island in 1784. 

However, once the Dutch and French were no longer allies by 1795, Sint Eustatius was unfortunately tossed between the French and British 22 times in just 20 years. 

Finally, the Dutch claimed the island once more. In 2010, Sint Eustatius was formally designated as a “special municipality” of the Netherlands. 

The island’s peak was during its domination of trade in the 18th century. Because of the continuous swapping between different European empires, it has struggled to regain its previous popularity and status. 

Culture in Sint Eustatius/Stacia 

Sint Eustatius has a culture infused with many different nationalities. It is heavily influenced by the Netherlands regarding its holidays, cuisine, and traditions. However, Caribbean practices and influence are evident, as well as American culture. 

The Island’s first language is English, and its unofficial currency is the US dollar. Locals enjoy the popular sports of soccer, basketball, and softball. 

Food in Sint Eustatius is inspired by a blend of European, Asian, and American dishes. A typical restaurant may have a fascinating mix of options, including burgers, pizza, and Chinese dishes. The Islanders also adore the usual Caribbean cuisine. The locals’ favorites include pickled conch shell meat, grilled fish, and lobster. 

CITED: Wikipedia.org, Iexplore.com, Tripsavvy.com 

Sunni Baerwalde

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Written by: Sunni Baerwalde