Taking on the title of "social entrepreneur," Eden Marley is hoping to turn her business and passion for philanthropy into an all-inclusive community and culture that helps under-served women thrive. Eden's nonprofit organization, Garden of Eden, is aimed at giving young girls and women the confidence and power to achieve their goals regardless of the obstacles they may face. After successfully running the organization for two years, Eden hopes to expand its scope and create more permanent community resources. Read on to see how Eden's background and life experiences have inspired her to help others.
What is the Garden of Eden?
The Garden of Eden is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that I founded in 2015 after graduating college. Our mission is to empower women and youth by cultivating self-esteem and self-worth through arts education and sustainable community development projects.
We are a strong, female empowerment organization. But really, our goal is to help women and children understand that they can create a paradise for themselves regardless of their circumstances; we plan to do that through several different types of workshops in hopes of creating a permanent community center.
Earlier this year you launched an empowerment project for young women in Haiti through your foundation, and you also led humanitarian relief back in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti/DR, what makes this part of the world significant to Eden?
Most people do not know that my mother is Haitian and that I spent my early years living in the Caribbean (Haiti and Jamaica), so this part of the world is very close to my heart. I speak French and Creole so it only makes sense to go back and pass on what I've learned and help in any way that I can.
We know that philanthropy runs deep in your lineage, but tell us what sparked your passion for helping young girls.
Learning about myself and looking back on my life.
How would you describe female empowerment?
I’d describe female empowerment as watering what’s already inside of women because the capabilities of women are underrated. Make them feel confident enough to live up to their full potential because women are so capable and powerful. We are hidden gems. Empower women to live up to our full potential in a society that sometimes doesn’t let us fully blossom.
“I’d describe female empowerment as watering what’s already inside of women because the capabilities of women are underrated... We are hidden gems."
Congratulations on becoming an ambassador for the House of Marley. What is it like to have the name Marley and carry it into the next generation?
Thank you! Definitely some pressure, but honestly being a part of the third generation is pretty dope. We're the first American generation, and I'm so proud of all my siblings and cousins because everyone is out here doing their thing. We all have each other to lean on; we have a HUGE legacy to maintain, but it’s exciting.
What are some upcoming projects you're working on?
We have a prom dress/beauty product giveaway, and without disclosing too many details, this summer we're trying to plan a college tour and something special for those in the field of arts. As well as making it way easy for online interaction between our supporters and GOE.
Having accomplished so much at such a young age, what direction can we expect Eden to go next?
I just applied to law school so maybe that way, but definitely going to continue the philanthropy and making some business moves. My friend called me a "social entrepreneur," so I'm definitely sticking to that.
What's your favorite Bob Marley track?
It's constantly changing but right now it's "Waiting in Vain" off Legend.
I have to ask, how do you maintain your glow and coils?!
MOISTURIZE BOTH! And drink a lot of water. I use gentle face cleansers, moisturize plenty, and use oils on my face. I also love my highlighter. As for my hair, I don't straighten it anymore, and if I do it's maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I treat it with care, always.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
Really dope women culture and empowerment.
Photographer: Valine Brana