Leather Goods Providing Opportunity in Haiti: Haiti Made

ethically made leather goods from Haiti

Haiti Made is empowering Haitians through sustainable employment, fair wages, and community. Their beautiful leather products are handmade by dedicated employees and crafted using locally sourced leather. 

Haiti Made founder, Will met his colleagues in college by playing in a Christian band, Audio Adrenaline. The successful music group felt that God was encouraging them to use their stardom to make a difference and help those in need. This led to the creation of the non-profit the Hands and Feet Project which provides family style living to at-risk children in Haiti. In the living quarters kids are able to learn valuable life skills and build relationships. 

Will wanted to take action concerning the issue of children with living parents becoming orphans in Haiti. In Haiti, it is common for kids to be sent to orphanages even if their parents are still around because the intense poverty leads parents to believe an orphanage can provide more for their children. Will wanted to create employment opportunities for these parents, allowing them to keep caring for their children. At this point in time the Hands and Feet community was growing. Kids were becoming young adults who were also in need of employment. 

ethically made leather goods from Haiti

As Haitians are incredibly dedicated workers, Will wanted to start a social enterprise that would empower the Haitians to learn new skills, pay fair wages, and allow Haitians the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.  It is reported that one job in Haiti supports up to fifteen people because of the tight-knit, family oriented culture (Haiti Made). Therefore, sustainable employment is one of the key components for a brighter future. Eventually, the social enterprise Haiti Made was founded in partnership with the Hands and Feet Project. This amazing social enterprise has provided employment for 35 Haitians.  

Haiti Made handcrafts beautiful leather goods including as bags, home goods, and accessories. These goods are exported and sold in America. The sales of these products allow Haitians to care for their families. Haiti Made's products are incredibly durable and well made. Consumers will definitely be able to tell these products were made with love and care. 

ethically made leather goods from Haiti

I absolutely adore my Haiti Made Wrap Bracelet. By wearing my bracelet, I am constantly reminded of the blessings in my life and the beautiful people who touched my heart during my trip to Haiti in May. The dark leather makes this a must have fall accessory!

My Haiti Made Ekri Snap Journal and Komanse Coffee Cup are perfect for back to school AND the work place. I love that the journal has pockets inside for keeping business cards. My Komanse Cup keeps my coffee warm and allows me to stay fueled on caffeine. A wonderful feature with Haiti Made products in the customization option. Haiti Made can put your logo on these well made products if you are searching for corporate gifts! 

With all the crazy weather, be sure and keep Haiti in your prayers. This is a beautiful country full of hardworking people. I encourage you to support organizations such as Haiti Made to allow them to continue providing opportunities for these beautiful people. 

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