We all remember the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. How could we forget? Haiti’s earthquake was a 7.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale; injuring 300,000+, leaving 250,000+ dead and leaving 1 million+ homeless. The suffering was and is immeasurable.
With the average Haitian’s annual income being $400 per year (yes, your read that right) and the largest sector of employment being artisans (approximately 400,000 of a population of 10 million), limited ability to market products, limited access to raw materials and a poor infrastructure have left the country struggling.
And so, Heart of Haiti was born. Social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit and Macy’s were both involved in the start of Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace. Clinton Bush Haiti Fund partnered with the two on the Heart of Haiti initiative in 2010 and FairWinds Trading partnered with the pair on the Rwanda Path to Peace. Artisans of these initiatives make 50% of the wholesale price of their products.
I received these beautiful Erzulie Cocktail Napkins from Macy’s last week. They are absolutely gorgeous! I love that they are hand made, unique and that my owning them does more good than just soaking up condensation from my wine glass. There are several other pieces in the collection that I would like to have for my apartment, particularly some of the tobacco leaf and soapstone pieces. The Heart of Haiti products make the perfect gift too!
Heart of Haiti product is available in-store at these locations: Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall, and Dadeland. All products are also available on macys.com – type in search bar ‘Haiti’ or ‘Rwanda’.