In the heart of Haiti there are artisans. There are artisans who are creating beautiful works of art and selling their pieces to provide for their families. The Heart of Haiti program through Macy’s provides a source of income to 450 artisans so they can support their families during this challenging time after the earthquake in Haiti. To date the Heart of Haiti program has employed 780 artisans and improved the lives of over 6,200 individuals. The program pays more than fair wage to the artisans, providing them not only with the dignity of work but also with economic self-determination.
In a recent interview for Forbes.com with Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., said, “We also understand that our customers want to know that the company they’re doing business with is responsible locally, nationally and globally; therefore, in addition to being active in our local communities, we recognize our ability to create change on a larger scale, especially within the climate of today’s global economy.”
The items in the Heart of Haiti collection are beautiful pieces and would make a very special gift. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, jewelry and paintings all made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items.
Initiatives such as the Heart of Haiti campaign allow companies like Macy’s to focus on global issues and give consumers a method of support communities in need worldwide; upholding the belief that “trade not aid” is a powerful way to create sustainable work and financial opportunities. I love the fact that Lundgren himself has personally visited Haiti to meet the artisans in person and see the impact the sales of these items have on their lives.
Perhaps news from Haiti has waned, but we can still do something to help those who are still in serious need from the impact of the Haiti earthquake. Purchasing items from Macy’s Heart of Haiti is an easy way to contribute to the Haitian community, which now in light of Hurricane Sandy, needs our help more than ever. So when you are considering a gift to buy someone this year, why not give twice? To see the handmade items by artisans in Haiti, go to: http://www.macys.com/haiti.
(All photos above courtesy of Macy’s.com)
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. As a member of the #CleverHaiti team I received the beautiful handmade star shown in the photo below. Since my family does not have a Christmas tree of our own, I wanted to give this item to someone special. The moment I saw it I knew exactly who I will send it to because this person truly is a star.
I received exclusive product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line that inspired this post. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #CleverHaiti