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Waisamama - Our Story

What is Waísamama?

Waísamama is the Kichwa word for the energy that flows within the rivers and streams of the Amazon rainforest. It is said that this energy lives within the guayusa leaf.

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Why guayusa?

  • We believe many people can benefit from the guayusa leaf's energizing effects, and help improve their daily productivity and energy levels.
  • Guayusa farming helps to reforest areas that have previously been clear-cut for other crops. The guayusa tree contributes to biodiversity because it grows underneath the forest canopy and can be planted around other trees and vegetation.
  • Guayusa is grown and harvested by indigenous farming communities. Its exportation is helping provide them with economic stability, which allows them to preserve their culture and protect their land from governments and corporations looking to exploit them for profit.

It is our goal to promote responsible environmental and economic practises while contributing to causes that benefit both the indigenous Kichwa farming communities and our communities here in Canada.

Thank you for being part of the Waísamama story.

Dan Boychuk (Calgary AB, Canada)
Andrew Moore (Errington BC, Canada)

Environmental Sustainability

Our loose-leaf bags are made out of omni-degradable material, which can be composted in backyard compost bins where they break down into natural materials and leave behind no trace of microplastics.

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We chose to use lightweight aluminum cans for our beverages as they are more energy-efficient to ship, are sourced within North America where there are high environmental standards placed on manufacturing, and because they are infinitely recyclable.

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Our beverages are cold-brewed, which along with preserving the flavours and antioxidants of the guayusa leaf better than extended hot brewing, also uses far less energy to manufacture.

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In everything we do, we seek to make choices that help minimize our environmental impact whenever possible.

Community Initiatives

In December 2020, we held a fundraiser to provide computers for school children in the Kichwa farming community where our guayusa is grown.

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We have been involved with multiple fundraisers with the Calgary Mental Health Association to help gain awareness around mental health causes and contribute proceeds to help support mental health support programs.

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In early 2020, we donated our products to first-line responders and healthcare workers to help support them during the COVID-19 response.

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We support the arts and have held giveaways for musicians and artists in Calgary to lift their spirits during the COVID-19 lockdown.

We look forward to continuing to find ways to give to these causes and communities in the future!

We are proud to present our line of organic guayusa products!

Waisamama - Guayusa

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