I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with this Macy’s Heart of Haiti product to review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. You can see my original Heart of Haiti post here.
Heart of Haiti Gifts
If you need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift run to Macy’s today! Their Heart of Haiti handmade home decor and jewelry collections are absolutely beautiful! And, each time you purchase an item you are directly supporting the artisan who crafted it. We received the Vase pictured above. It’s beautiful!
When it arrived I shared it with my children. They loved it but truly loved the story behind it. So much so that the almost 8 year old has asked to bring it in to show his class. I decided to take that one step further and offer to stop in to discuss the project and maybe do a small Papier Mâché project with his second grade class. I’ll update you all after that happens!
Our vase was handcrafted by a Haitian artist who signed the bottom. A gift like this one is the perfect way to give back! With its glossy finish and organic shape, it’s also a one-of-a-kind home accent with a modern edge.
Artisans receive half the wholesale price for each item sold!
About Heart of Haiti
Heart of Haiti is a “Trade Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Heart of Haiti provides artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families and pay their children’s school fees.
The collection features more than 40 home decor items including Papier Mâché, metalwork, jewelry and paintings all made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.
The initiative allows opportunities for the artists to work with US designers, helping strengthen international artisan relationships and make their products viable in the US market. Artisans receive have of the wholesale price for each item in this collection. This initiative offered the first sustainable work in Haiti since the earthquake. It has given artisans the dignity of work and economic self-determination.
To date the program has employed 780 artisans and provided financial benefits for an estimated 8,000 individuals in the country.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and despite the devastating earthquake people there are filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment.
Find more info about the Heart of Haiti campaign and products at www.macys.com/haiti.