Today's post is a bit different from my regular recipe posts. In this season of giving, I felt it was extremely important to share this project Macy's Heart of Haiti with my readers. Christmas time is the season of cheer and goodwill and Macy's has provided us the opportunity to not only just give a gift but give a gift that is purposeful and would continue to support a community. This is a perfect opportunity to give back to our Caribbean brothers and sisters.
It is common knowledge that Haiti, has been plagued with issues ranging from natural disasters, racial discord, political strife, and poverty. Being hit by an earthquake in 2006, then by a devastating hurricane in 2016, it has become immensely difficult for some Haitians to make a living that is enough to sustain their families.
Macy's along with a few US designers have teamed up with Haitian artisans to create some beautifully crafted handmade masterpieces. Haiti is extremely rich in history and artwork. Them partnering with these artisans was a no brainer for Macy's. What I love about this project is that you are not just making a donation towards a charitable organization. You are buying and contributing to persons who work and get paid and are then able to pay their bills and contribute to society. In a country where the average worker gets a really low minimum wage, these artisans making 22% off of every item sold is a plus.
Do you know that there are about 400,000 artisans in Haiti? These people rely solely on making and curating handcrafted items as a source of income. Take a look at this video giving a little more in-depth look at Haiti and its artisans.
This collaboration ensures that close to 500 artisans are able to benefit from gaining an income, and it, in turn, extends to aid close to 4000 family members.
I keep swooning at these gorgeous handcrafted items. I am loving the horn salad servers. What is better than being able to purchase something this season with a purpose. Something that will translate into more of a trade for the creator of the item in which it would translate to them having a sustainable living in the midst of dealing with limited opportunities.
I think you definitely need to hop on over to the Heart of Haiti page at Macy's and get or gift someone the perfect gift that keeps on giving and provides hope for Haitians.
There is no better time than now to give back to society. There are so many amazing opportunities to do good and be kind to others. Here is a perfect opportunity to place some amazing handcrafted home decor in your home, in a home of a friend, and see your hard earned dollars make a difference to the life of a Haitian artisan.
I am really happy to be a part of making others aware of this amazing project, especially to help my fellow Caribbean brothers and sisters. Support would be greatly appreciated.
Check out some Haitian dishes:
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