Heart Of Haiti
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The holidays are around the corner. Everybody knows someone or many someones who have everything. It is getting harder to shop for them every year. We suggest purchasing a gift that gives back. The Heart of Haiti campaign was created to help Haitian artisans. Aside from the masterful craftsmanship in each piece, you are directly affecting the lives of Haitians. Rebuilding after the horrible earthquake of 2010 has not been easy especially for those who were already lining in poverty. The Heart of Haiti campaign empowers these artists to create and earn enough to help their families.
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. Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings.
Accessories include vases, candleholders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more! The craftsmanship and technique behind these works of art, ranging from papier-mâché vases to hand cut metal frames & wall hangings, is truly remarkable. The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local Gommier wood.
Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 450 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country. With the holidays quickly approaching, sharing a ‘gift that gives back’ is a great way to raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth. Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively at 25 Macy’s stores around the country and on Macy’s.com. The new collection can be found here. 2011 Fall Collection. Most items fall in the range from $25-$60.
We received the lovely angel for this review. All opinions are our own. Thanks to the Everywhere Society and Heart of Haiti at Macy Stores.