Friday, January 7, 2011

Heart of Haiti ... shopping can change lives

On January 12, it will be the one year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Seems like last month I called into the Hope For Haiti Now telethon to make a donation. The telethon raised over $57 million and the continued relief efforts of Haitians and the international community have been extraordinary, but the recovery process has just begun for this already impoverished country. The people of Haiti continue to suffer from inadequate access to basic water, sanitation, healthcare, and education services and protection from disease, exploitation, and unsanitary conditions.

Fairwinds Trading CEO, Willa Shalit has created a way for us to help the people of Haiti by simply shopping!

The Heart of Haiti Project helps address the need for sustainable income in Haiti. It has provided employment of 450 artists in Haiti to create an exclusive collection of hand made artisan-crafted home decor for sale at Macy's. The artists receive 22 percent of the retail price for each item in the collection which can help support their families. This effort has already provided financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

The collection features products made with different raw materials like recycled old drums, wrought iron, paper-mâché and stone. Each and every piece is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity. I personally love the trays:

You can purchase the Heart of Haiti products exclusively at Macy's.

More information on the Heart of Haiti Project:
Macy's Microsite

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