Hi, my name is Farhoud Meybodi, and a year and a half ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a real force of nature, Kenyan entrepreneur Nzambi Matee. Not only is Nzambi a brilliant scientist and a United Nations Young Champion of the Earth, but she's also the Founder of Gjenge Makers, a company that transforms plastic waste into paving bricks. After spending quite a bit of time getting to know Nzambi and her wondeful family, we set out to shoot Earthbound, a documentary based on her personal and professional life. The project would take a deep dive into the majesty of the environment through an optimistic, human lens and in the process, highlight all the joy, risk-taking, trailblazing, growth, inspiration, success and fear that comes along with running a startup with minimal access to capital.
Looking back on the experience, I can say that making this film was one of my life's great joys. And now, as we begin sharing Earthbound with our community, I'm creating this fundraising campaign as a way of helping raise money for Nzambi’s company. She’s sacrificed so much, putting her heart and soul and all the things into Gjenge Makers. I think it's time for Nzambi to feel that dedication mirrored back to her, especially as she embarks on a new adventure -- kicking off research and development for her newest project, creating building blocks made from plastic waste. Nzambi wants to revolutionize the construction industry so folks from underserved communities around the world have access to fair and equitable housing.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this far and feel free to email our team with any questions or concerns. Rest assured that 100 percent of all proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to Nzambi and Gjenge Makers.