Do you ever think that items can make a difference in your life? How about in someone else’s life? We’re a huge fan of gifts that are our friends and family will love, but also can help people that need it the most. This is where Haiti Projects comes into the picture this year. They are a cooperative of women in a rural village, that make beautiful hand-made that in turn provides access to jobs at fair trade wages, education, health care, and avenues for building sustainable community. The second largest employer in a region of Haiti where over 100,000 people live with no electricity or public services, Haiti Projects makes a tangible impact on raising the quality of life for those who need it most.
Haiti Projects sent us a sampling of their products that would be great gifts for anyone on your list. From embroidered hand towels, lavender satchels that are beautiful and useful and our favorite item is the Good Jou Jou doll. The doll is hand stitched, adorable and is filled with good intentions. All of the Jou Jou dolls are made from donated yarn and can bring happiness to whoever you give them to.
Handmade gifts are often some are the most treasured and Haiti Projects offers so many you can cherish for years. We adore the items that we were sent, and the price of the items Haiti Projects start at only a few dollars. Finding a gift your family will love and helping other out is a major win win to us!
Learn more about Haiti Projects and their impact on communities in Haiti:
About Haiti Projects:
Haiti Projects is a 501(C)(3) corporation with focused initiatives to empower women of rural Haiti toward self-sufficiency. We provide access to jobs at fair trade wages, education, health care, and avenues for building sustainable community. Haiti Projects is located in the town of Fond des Blancs. We are currently the second largest employer in a region of Haiti where over 60,000 people live with no electricity or public services.
Why in Fond Des Blancs?
Fond des Blancs is located on the southern peninsula in rural Haiti. The main town is Sainton and has a population of approximately 10,000. Approximately 80% of people in this region don’t finish 5th grade. Most rely on subsistence level farming, with high unemployment. Haitian women are 20% more likely to be illiterate than men, with a male literacy level of about 64% and a female literacy rate of only 57%. In terms of economics, 44% of households are female-headed and of these women, 60% live in extreme poverty.