Let me share a secret... every single accessory I own right now comes from Haitian Creations. So, as I battle the opposing forces of age and natural lameness in my quest for feeling more put together, I try to always throw on a few bracelets or a unique necklace as I head out the door to up my cool quotient. I already love the way my Haitian Creations jewelry and bags look, but because I know the story behind them, I adore them even more.
I have written before about my anguish for children becoming orphans based on poverty. After living in Haiti, and feeling at times that I was part of the bigger problem, I can clearly see that Haitian Creations, a branch of Heartline Ministries in Haiti, was part of the solution. Women (and a few men!) use their God given talents and creativity to earn a legitimate income, therefore becoming capable of providing and caring for their children. To hand out money or create non--sustainable (and in affect "fake") jobs for people, robs them of their work ethic, culture, and dignity. Haitian Creations offers skill training, with room for creativity, and culturally appropriate jobs. When you purchase an artisan made piece from Haitian Creations, it doesn't just look good, but it is good. Also, I want to adamantly point out that this isn't a "pity purchase". You know that ones I'm talking about... you buy something that you really don't even like, nor do you plan to ever actually use because you don't like the way it's made or the way it looks. Heck, it might even be downright ugly, but you bought it because some of the proceeds went to help someone in need. Every item I own from Haitian Creations, I actually love to wear. It is a quality item, with a modern style, and as a bonus, I know that it is helping another momma, be a momma. My money provides a job for someone, and allows her the autonomy to raise her children and use her gifts.
Haitian Creations is generously allowing me to give away an unique bag to one lucky reader!There are several ways to enter below, but if you want an extra bunch of entries, host a shopping party. I hosted one a couple years ago, but they are even better now with amazing new products! It is really easy, everything you need comes in one big box, you host a girls night (or mother/daughter night, because they have kid stuff too!) and let your friends buys some really great gifts for themselves or others. This would be great to plan this fall, just in time for Christmas!
Enter the giveaway below, and spread the word! Winner announced next week!