At Haiti Projects it's all about empowerment of women and bringing more jobs to Fond des Blancs. The pride in being able to support your children with your work is a feeling like no other and that is what we aim for for our Women Artisans. Recently, Macy's Heart of Haiti Program purchased these beautiful cocktail napkins from Haiti Projects to offer for sale at their flagship store on 34th street in New York and on-line. It is truly a miracle that we have our products in the big City. Thanks to Macy's Heart of Haiti project and your support, the women who embroider these napkins are able to build a better future for themeselves and their future. Together we are able to help create hope and a better life for these Haitian artisans and their families. http://ow.ly/Ny7Vy. (Note: A purchase of the Erzulie cocktail napkins is not the same as directly donating to Haiti Projects through global giving)
At the Artisanat, online sales through our partners including The Grommet (https://www.thegrommet.com), have double over the past year! We are seeing demand for our hand-crafted nightgowns grow and production increase. As part of the production process the women at the artisanat must ensure that each nightgown is checked for flaws, loose threads and packaged individually for shipment to our office in Massachusetts. Here, Marie-Ange works to make sure nightgowns for The Grommet orders are without flaws. She loves her work at the artisanat, because it helps her put her kids through school. The women take pride in their work and are thrilled with the surge in demand for our hand-embroidered one-of-a-kind nightgowns.
The Impact of our work is not easy to measure. How do you measure the dignity that a job brings, or the joy of watching your child attend school? How do you quantify the opportunity to buy a home, determine how many children you can afford or purchase livestock to raise for added income for your family? This graph show part of this story -- the numbers. Here you can see that before Artisans worked for Haiti Projects only 23% of the women could afford to pay for medicine, only 27% could send their kids to school, and even fewer could purchase livestock and make repairs on their homes (14% and 5%, respectively). Over the last 20 years these numbers have changed. Close to 60% can afford medicines and almost 100% can send their kids to school. Furthermore, ability to purchase livestock and make repairs has doubled (27% and 13%, respectively). Our impact is clear and significant!