Supporting small, local businesses is one of my priorities. I also want to help support those in need as much as I can. Today, I’m shifting the focus from food, to the community of Haiti. I wanted to share with you a special initiative to help Haitians called the Heart of Haiti.
It has almost been a year since the earthquake shook the already fragile community of Haiti. 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 sustainable income for the people of Haiti. In other words, Heart of Haiti is based on “Trade, Not Aid.”
The Heart of Haiti line includes beautiful quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry, paintings and other pieces created by the Haitian artisans. This initiative offers the first sustainable income for these artists since the earthquake, enabling them to repair homes, pay school fees, and feed and clothe their families.
Below are some additional facts and links that will provide more information.
Quick Facts about Heart of Haiti
* The Heart of Haiti collection has already led to employment of 350 artists in Haiti and has provided some financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country
* Each item is designed by a master Haitian artist and made by hand in Haiti
* Heart of Haiti products can be purchased here -http://bit.ly/HeartofHaiti
* 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
* Most items fall in the $25-$60 range
* To stay up-to-date with news and announcements, follow Heart of Haiti on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HeartofHaiti or become a fan on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HeartofHaiti
Many of you may have already begun your holiday shopping. The Heart of Haiti collection features gifts that give back. Each product purchased truly helps to change lives and rebuild Haiti. I hope you’ll consider purchasing some of these exceptional goods with your shopping.