Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Heart Of Haiti: Using Commerce and Culture To Effect Change
Everyone remembers the devastating images from earlier this year of the earthquake in Haiti. We wept, we gave, we sent our help so that they could rebuild.
The Heart of Haiti initiative is part of that rebuilding. By partnering with Macys.com this holiday season, it is allowing employment of 350 artists in Haiti and has provided some financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country
Instead of providing one-time funding through charity, Heart of Haiti is creating opportunities for Haitian artisans to earn income with dignity by creating jobs and income for the people of Haiti.
Through the sale of Heart of Haiti products, artisans are able to earn life-changing income for themselves, their families, and their communities. The initiative is enabling artisans to repair homes, pay school fees, and feed and clothe their families. The income also allows them to have access to better nutrition, improved education and healthcare.
Each item is designed by a master Haitian artist and made by hand in Haiti
Each product is made from recycled materials and the collection includes 40 different home decor items and accessories
Products include vases, candleholders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more and mst items fall in the $25-$60 range
You can see the collection at Macys.com here. Take a minute and buy something beautiful and at the same time bring change to the lives of the people of Haiti.
Disclosure: I am writing this post to spread the word about Heart of Haiti through a Mom Bloggers Club member program and that you will receive a Heart of Haiti pendant as a thank you
Posted by wendy wallach at 9:06 PM