We are Jilly and Ray, a couple with a love for Bonaire and its culture. We have a passion for circular systems and all things nature. This passion grew during our biology studies in the Netherlands and now we want to share as much knowledge as we can with our fellow Bonairianonan.

Awa, Duradero i Bèrdura

AwaDura is a personal endeavour to set up a sustainable mushroom farm on Bonaire. The name AwaDura was created by combining 3 words from Papiamentu, the native language of Bonaire. ‘Awa’ means water and ‘Dura’ is derived from ‘duradero’ and ‘bèrdura’, which means sustainable and vegetables. These terms are the driving force behind AwaDura.

Factors like the high cost of freshwater, salinization of groundwater and wells make it expensive to grow crops. When looking at Bonaire’s food availability it is dependent on a steady flow of imported products. Additionally, imported products bring waste to the island which adds to an unused and ever-growing landfill. We thought of a circular system that creates a source of locally grown food products and makes use of organic waste created and brought to Bonaire.


By recycling organic waste such as coffee grounds, cardboard and leftover sawdust we aim to cultivate delicious oyster mushrooms. To complete the circular system we would up-cycle waste from the mushroom cultivation into compost. The compost can then be used by other local farmers to grow more crops or feed cattle.

The concept of recycling organic waste can be brought to life by partnerships with the local hospitality industry, government agencies, waste companies, stores, schools or any entity that would like a more circular product stream.

Additionally, through educational programs, our mushroom nursery and circular concept can teach others that their waste can, in fact, be a treasure.