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Welcome to Kayifi's News page. In this page, you will find announcements, Agents of the month, upcoming Webinars, acknowledgement of the month for countries, and new agents that we welcome.

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

Celebrating Marie Driven at EmPowerHer NYC 

Marie Driven, co-founder of Brooklyn-based entertainment promotion company Playbook MG, will be honored at this year's EmPowerHer event in New York City. Over the past two decades, she has significantly contributed to the music, fashion, and lifestyle industries. 

Playbook MG's Mission and Focus 

Under Driven leadership, Playbook MG specializes in building strategic relationships and supports a diverse clientele that includes mainstream names and niche brands. Driven emphasizes the importance of celebrating and supporting women entrepreneurs, which aligns with the mission of EmPowerHer NYC. 

Cultural Celebration and Empowerment 

Supported by sponsors like The Zeus Network, NYC City Hall, and Camille Rose, EmPowerHer NYC aims to create a long-term legacy of cultural celebration and empowerment for women entrepreneurs worldwide. Driven highlights the positive response to the event, emphasizing its focus on both celebration and inspiration for future generations. 

Amplifying the Caribbean Market 

Driven founded Playbook MG with the intention of mainstreaming the Caribbean market and culture. She noticed a need for recognition for Caribbean artists and sought to change that narrative by working with artists like Mr. Lexx, Junior Reid, and Mr. Vegas. Her goal was to ensure that Caribbean talent received the visibility and support they deserved in the industry. 

Advocacy for Domestic Violence Victims 

Marie Driven's advocacy extends beyond the entertainment industry. Following a personal experience with domestic violence, she founded We Fight Back, a charity aimed at supporting victims of domestic violence. Through this initiative, Driven provides support and resources to those in need, emphasizing the importance of empathy and non-judgmental assistance. 

Giving Back to the Community 

Ms. Driven's commitment to community empowerment is evident through initiatives like Room43, an event space co-founded with her sister Cindy Lee. Room43 serves as a space for various community events, including weddings, baby showers, and organizational gatherings. Additionally, Driven's new education program seeks to engage students by bringing mentors directly to them, offering hands-on experiences and internship opportunities. 

Her Journey 

Marie Driven's journey from entrepreneur to advocate reflects her dedication to empowering others and creating positive change. Through her work with Playbook MG, We Fight Back, Room 43, and her education program, Driven continues to uplift and inspire individuals across various communities. Her recognition at EmPowerHer NYC is a shout out to her longstanding impact and commitment to empowerment. 

CITED: bleumag.com, www.caribbeanlife.com, www.metro.us 

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Carribean Acknowledgement

US Virgin Islands

Learning About the US Virgin Islands 

The US Virgin Islands are officially known as the Virgin Islands of the United States. They are a group of Caribbean islands considered a territory of the United States and located in the Leeward Islands. The main islands belonging to this group are St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. However, an additional 50 smaller islands and cays surround them. 

Here, there are jewel-toned waters, rare wildlife, and welcoming residents greeting visitors with contagious smiles. The endless adventures range from kayaking tours and underwater exploration to fascinating historical sites and lounging on pristine beaches. 

History of the US Virgin Islands 

The original residents of the US Virgin Islands were the Caribs, Ciboney, and Arawaks. Like most Caribbean islands, the native people disappeared shortly after Christopher Columbus visited in 1493. However, Columbus and his crew weren't solely responsible for the end of these peaceful and skilled tribes. England, France, Holland, and Denmark also attempted to settle the islands. 

Until 1733, the French successfully claimed St. Croix after overtaking the previous Spanish inhabitants. St. Johns and St. Thomas were colonized by Denmark. They thrived in plantation agriculture during the late 1600s and the early 1700s. Eventually, the Danish bought the third island from France, and the region became known as the Danish West Indies. 

Enslaved people were forced to work long and exhausting days on the plantations. Thousands of enslaved people were set free at the rebellion in St. Croix, but far more remained the colonists' property. Finally, slavery was abolished in 1848. Following this turning point in the islands' history was a collapse of the fragile economy. The next few years were a challenging time for the islands' residents, characterized by several devastating natural disasters and a struggling economy. 

In 1917, the USA purchased St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, which became the US Virgin Islands. The United States improved the declining economy by establishing a tourism industry, which wasn't too difficult with all the islands offered to visitors. Today, the US Virgin Islands is known worldwide as a famous vacation destination. 

Culture in the US Virgin Islands 

The unique culture of the US Virgin Islands is a beautiful blend of Caribbean and American customs, events, values, and arts. For instance, the music you may hear at restaurants and other establishments could be anything from reggae and calypso to blues and American pop.   

The friendly people in the US Virgin Islands are primarily of African or European descent. However, you'll quickly observe that the diverse population comprises Americans, Hispanics, and people from modern-day Europe, too. Most residents speak, write, and read-only English with a distinctive accent. 

A significant part of the culture in the US Virgin Islands is the people's dedication to religions, like Baptist and Catholic Christianity. But they also mix traditional Caribbean values into their practice, like superstitions and stories passed from generation to generation. 

The cuisine for these islands is primarily based on seafood, like many other Caribbean nations. If you're taking a trip to this stunning destination, enjoy the national dish, Fish and Fungi. This unique combination of foods dates back to when Denmark ruled the lands. Hefty portions of fish are served with tender dumplings made from salted cornmeal, shortening, and water.It’s a culinary adventure you’ll not soon forget. 

 

CITED: Wikipedia.org, Visitusvi.com, Vinow.com 

Sunni Baerwalde

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Written by: Sunni Baerwalde