Wisconsin’s White Jasmine Building Business on Foundation of Food and Family
Food has been at the heart of Huma Siddiqui’s life ever since she was a child growing up in Pakistan. Meals were a time to enjoy good conversation, company and fresh foods with aromatic spices that tantalized sight, smell and taste. Huma carried that love of food and family with her as she raised her own family while living in four countries, eventually making Wisconsin home and starting her business White Jasmine.
White Jasmine is a mix of Huma’s love of cooking, and sharing flavorful foods and spices that bring people together. Through all the places she has lived, Huma has discovered that it doesn’t matter where people grew up or what language they speak, we all speak a common language at the dinner table.
In the 10 years that I have known Huma, she and her son Samir Karimi have worked hard to grow White Jasmine into a wonderfully rich business showcasing amazing spice blends, deliciously spiced Wisconsin Gouda cheeses, numerous cooking classes and a weekly cooking show appropriately named White Jasmine Everyday Cooking.
White Jasmine has planted deep roots within the community with its charitable involvement. Huma works with Community Shares of Wisconsin, has auctioned private cooking classes to raise money for the American Heart Association and regularly cooks meals for residents of a Madison homeless shelter.
Each meal she cooks has her love of community and each recipe in its own way reflects the White Jasmine passion for bringing people together through healthy and heartfelt meals. Through charity giving, and the growing success of its signature spice blends and popular line of spiced Wisconsin Gouda cheeses, White Jasmine has been blessed with small business success. Now they are ready to build on that success, but to do that they need our help. White Jasmine’s Kiva fundraising campaign was launched to help raise $10,000 in loans to help White Jasmine continue to develop and expand its small business operations here in Wisconsin.
How You Can Help White Jasmine
First of all, let me stress that this is a loan so you will be paid back. Secondly, there are rewards for lenders (see below) and there will be free recipes! White Jasmine’s 7-Days-7 Recipes event started on Monday, February 22. We will share a White Jasmine recipe with you every day for seven days, so Like the StarrWriter Facebook page and receive each wonderful recipe as it is released. The 7-Days-7 Recipes event is part of White Jasmine’s Kiva fundraising campaign. The campaign is going wonderfully, but we still need $7,000 to reach our goal and the deadline is coming up fast so we need your help now. Please visit White Jasmine’s Kiva website and make a loan of as little as $25.
Prizes for lenders!
Your loan of $100 or more will get an autographed copy of Huma’s book Jasmine in Her Hair, filled with the culture and cuisine of Pakistan and the cross-cultural journey of the Siddiqui family from Pakistan to Wisconsin pursuing the American dream.
Your loan of $250 or more will get an autographed copy of Huma’s book Jasmine in Her Hair, filled with the culture and cuisine of Pakistan and the cross-cultural journey of the Siddiqui family from Pakistan to Wisconsin. Plus, you will receive the one spice set with the three White Jasmine signature spice blends and a DVD of 5 cooking shows with 15 recipes to cook with Huma Siddiqui.
Your loan of $500 or more will get a private cooking class in your home for 4 people hosted by Huma Siddiqui and an opportunity to taste her delicious and flavorful recipes.
Your loan of $1,000 or more will get a private cooking class in your home for 10 people hosted by Huma Siddiqui and an opportunity to taste her delicious and flavorful recipes.
Loans will be used by White Jasmine to purchase inventory and to help continue the momentum the company has achieved from several years of hard work. So please help out a great Wisconsin business by loaning as little as $25. To learn more about the campaign and to make your loan, please visit the White Jasmine Kiva fundraising campaign website.