Desiree Venn Frederic is an agent of alternatives. The Sierra Leonean born writer, social entrepreneur, public speaker, educator and installation artist is inspired by her transnational experiences. Through her social practice, the thought leader explores the commons and commoning discourse, socio-cultural matters, identity in common space and its impact and relationship on thought, expression and behavior. Through her work, she is a champion for independent retail and community minded development. The themes of space, ownership, social dislocation and identity run concurrent in her personal and professional life. She is the founding director of Combing Cotton Co., a think tank and community development firm and chairwoman of Local Merchant Independent Retail Association. She lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Desirée penned a beautiful piece on social media about Shea Radiance and the #1000Women Project:
"This here is me, you see me overdressed on a private tennis court in bethesda maryland. what YOU don’t see is the @shearadiance shea butter that covers my skin. what WE don’t see are the harmful, sometimes deadly, working conditions women shea producers face when producing OUR shea butter. what WE know are the harmful effects of smoke inhalation cause cancer, emphysema, asthma, and cataracts while using inefficient cookstoves for daily cooking and shea butter production. and because we know more than we ever have- it’s our duty to do better. join me in supporting the @1kwomenproject - in partnership with @USAID, @SheaOrigin, and the @GlobalSheaAlliance- the #CleanCookstoveProject will raise $100,000 over the next three years to eradicate these risks among 1000 women in #OyoState#Nigeria, where @shearadiance directly sources the raw shea butter loved and used in all of their products."
Desiré will be joining us at the #1000Women Clean Cookstove Project Launch this weekend. Learn more about her here.