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Happy Gut

Castlegar, BC Best Community Impact:
Top 10 Semi-Finalist
Employees: 3 In Business Since: 2017

Water kefir has the potential to help anyone with gut problems caused by imbalance and the stresses of modern life. I believe it should be available and accessible to everyone. At Happy Gut, we are on a mission to make this happen.

We sell 350 ml bottled drinks, 2l First Ferment smoothie mix, Kits to make your own water kefir and we also grow  grains/cultures for resale in our grow op.

Happy Gut is proud to be a social enterprise that hires people with disabilities. We partner with the Employ Me! Program, part of Kootenay Society For Community Living, to hire suitable candidates.

Leeza, the Founder of Happy Gut, worked in Special Education in schools for 23 years before starting Happy Gut. One of her main assignments was to take disabled students into the community for work experience. The students loved it, but often, once they graduated they had a hard time finding employment. Many of these young people spend extraordinary amounts of time on computers playing video games and looking at social sites. Once they start working with us, we see them gain a sense of self-worth, satisfaction and happiness.

Happy Gut is committed to employing as many young adults with disabilities as possible. They are capable of many tasks in our operation and they bring us such joy with their enthusiasm.

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