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This week we spoke with Chloe Lewis of the Marma J Foundation, a project committed to supporting social and economic growth in local communities and spreading love and positivity across Web3 through various projects and ventures.
Inspired by Marma Joseph
In order to talk about the Marma J Foundation, we have to first introduce Marma J, otherwise known as Marma Joseph, Chloe Lewis’ grandmother. “Born and raised in Antigua, Marma Joseph always tries her best to selflessly love and support her family. The Marma J Foundation pays homage to the positive aspects of Marma Joseph's life in hopes of transcending it.” Chloe travels from Canada to Antigua often to help her grandmother and to work on community projects (cleaning up beaches, working with youth, etc.). Also Antiguan, Chloe is committed to supporting local community projects that uplift groups and populations who lack support from the government, such as youth with disabilities and LGBTQ+ folks. Chloe started the Marma J Foundation in 2019 as a way to support her local communities using blockchain technology.
Where Tech and Community Merge
Chloe got into the crypto space in 2017 when she was hired as a technical analyst for blockchain companies working on things like whitepapers, token economics, governance, etc. She became interested in community building and joked that, “even if your tokens go to zero, it’s all about the friendships you make along the way!” Ultimately Chloe is passionate about how to use tech to grow and support community. At Marma J Foundation, she and her fiancé have been the most involved in the project, and while they have started a DAO and launched a token to support the foundation, they ensure that their work is always grounded in helping actual people outside of crypto. For example, during this Gitcoin grant round, their goal is to raise the funds to send at least 1 person to the University of Five Islands in Antigua. They plan to grant these funds using the Marma J token so that the individual awarded will learn how to utilize cryptocurrency!
Funding Through NFT’s
Through the Marma J Foundation, Chloe hopes to lower barriers to entry into the blockchain world, fuse tech and non-tech communities, create replicable projects so that other groups can benefit from their work, and generally spread love and positivity across the web3 space. Lately, they have been working on creating NFTs out of the artwork of disabled youth in Antigua and putting the funds into crypto accounts that can be managed by the schools themselves. You can check out one of these NFT’s here or click on the photo above!
If you want to get involved or help grow the Marma J Foundation community, Chloe encourages you to head to their Telegram group to introduce yourself, offer feedback/tips, and check out what projects are happening!