Below is a brief synopsis of each vendor - read on to see just why we love to support what they are doing!
Béljoy creates jobs and works with the Haitian people to develop their skills in a way that is dignified, significant, and profitable to the artisans. We also look for opportunities to support the communities our artisans belong to through education, medical needs, microloans, and more. With a heartbeat for families, our hope is to see the people of Haiti flourish. Béljoy is so much more than jewelry; it is a movement that is restoring dignity and inspiring change. Every purchase made directly affects lives in Haiti and increases the opportunity to bless others.
We are committed to the local sourcing of jewelry components like clay, paper beads, and horn. This makes Béljoy jewelry unique, beautiful, and meaningful to the artisans and to those who wear it. The use of locally sourced elements also enables us to support other Haitian artisans.
Our mission is orphan prevention and we do that through job creation. Papillon is providing hope to Haitian Artisans with the dignity of a job, training, and the ability to create something new out of something discarded and seemingly unusable. We use metal, cardboard, aluminum, dirt, and paper to make jewelry and other beautiful things.
2nd Story Goods
At 2nd Story Goods, Haitian artisans are paid a living wage (approximately 3-4 times the minimum wage for Haiti) for the time they spend making goods, upfront, by the piece. We live here in the city where we are working. We are a part of this community. All our goods are made in Haiti and most are made in Jubilee - a small neighborhood by the sea on the outskirts of Gonaives. We believe in a FAIR, LIVABLE WAGE for working people and that the LOWEST PRICE IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST PRICE. We believe in BUILDING A COMPANY THAT BENEFITS THE COMMUNITY where it is planted. Good wages mean people are supporting their own churches and paying their school fees, buying from local merchants and helping each other when there is illness and death in the community. Building a strong company, means people have good jobs and are not looking to outsiders to meet their basic needs. it is a beautiful and honoring thing!
Haiti Design Co-op
Haiti Design Co houses and partners with production teams working in many types of artisan crafting, including leatherwork, sewing, jewelry making, aluminum casting, metal work, weaving, beadwork, horn & bone, tailoring, and shoe making. We work to provide consistent employment in-house in order to give job training and stability to individuals in vulnerable situations, as well as raise up artisan leaders to succeed as independent entrepreneurs in the community.
HAITI DESIGN CO WAS FOUNDED IN 2014 WITH THE GOAL TO BRING ABOUT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DESIGN, TRAINING, AND JOB CREATION. OUR MANTRA AROUND THE WORKSHOP IS "MEN ANPIL, CHAY PA LOU". THIS IS AN OLD HAITIAN PROVERB MEANING"MANY HANDS MAKE THE LOAD LIGHT".
WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS COMMONALITY BETWEEN THE DESIGNER, MAKER, AND CONSUMER, AND THAT WHEN WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN HELP LIGHTEN EACH OTHER'S LOAD AND BRING ABOUT LASTING POSITIVE IMPACT.
Partnering with Haitian artisans to create life-changing beauty. Here's an excerpt about one of our artisans:
Nehemie is Chrismate’s sister and a recent edition to our family. She has been helping her sister cut and macramé sheepskin for years and when a position opened up in March of 2015, she was our most skilled applicant. Simply put, she is a BOSS. Always calm in conflict, respectful towards all humans, and a quiet leader. Nehemie gives wisdom and support to many in the community as they start businesses, raise families, and deal with the many struggles of Haitian life!
“I love working with Haiti’s Jewels, not only do I create beauty in Haiti, but I have so much freedom with a steady job. My husband and I are now co-owners of everything and we equally share household responsibilities/bills. I feel so proud to contribute to our family’s economic development! I am a recognized Haitian Artist, which is one of the most respected talents. I get to show the world the beauty of my country, which is something to be truly proud of. When people think of Haiti they think of poverty but I see opportunity. My heart is excited to work with Haiti’s Jewels long term — the team is like a family! Thanks to everyone who supports this social business movement!”