We partner with responsible social enterprises and companies on the ground in Haiti. We choose to support these companies because they continue to provide jobs and a source of income for individuals which directly impacts local communities in Haiti. We become their platform to access the international market.
My name is Christelle C. Paul and I am the founder and owner of Atelier Calla an Artisan workshop, based in Haiti, specialized in the production of jewelry and home goods made of horn, wood and bone. I have had the honor to collaborate with internationally renowned Designers such as Mrs. Donna Karan and Mrs. Isabel Encinias, Mrs. Chan Luu, I also produce for other active companies who are based in the USA such as Macy’s, Elisha C. , Miossa, Bloom and Grace.
Above all, Atelier Calla produces its own designs in jewelry, accessory and Home décor with one philosophy in mind: Create timeless pieces that will be cherished for a lifetime.
I have built my workshop from scratch after the earthquake, at a moment when I had nothing to lose. With the support of my family and a few good friends, the dream that started 8 years ago became a reality in 2011 thanks to the amazing work of the artisans with whom I have been collaborating with for 3 years now. Even though the 2010 earthquake and hurricane Isaac had seriously weakened my base, I have been blessed with the spirit of never giving up.
Strength, Resilience and Beauty guides us daily to bring you these special creations we hope you will enjoy.
The artisans are deeply involved in the process of production, receive training to ensure the best results and we collaborate in a spirit of respect for one another, work, and a job well done to achieve growth; Personally and Financially. I am proud to say that it is paying off. Atelier Calla is a team of 18 collaborators, who can provide for their families, and we wish to have a positive impact on more artisans for 2015.
Papillon Enterprise | papillon-enterprise.com
Papillon Enterprise artisans guild uses discarded materials such as cereal and cracker boxes, oil drums, and trash paper to create beautiful “upcycled” pieces of jewelry, journals, and stylish home decor. While redeeming the Haitian landscape, these artisans are also bringing new hope to their families, employing themselves for a brighter future and earning the means to pay for their children’s food, shelter, and education. That means less orphans, less crime, less garbage, less stress, and a whole lot more beauty
Our name reflects our passion: We want to see Haitian families stay together. Skill development and employment addresses the needs of families before they are at the point of desperation, driven to give their children to an orphanage because of extreme poverty. After all, the vast majority of Haiti’s “orphans” have not been orphaned by parental deaths, earthquakes, hurricanes, or floods, but are children of living parents who gave them up simply because they knew that an orphanage could feed their child. Lagging adoptions, overcrowding, and lack of accountability has made many orphanages less than adequate homes for children, who often develop severe emotional problems such as reactive attachment disorder. This is why we think of our artisans’ guild as an “un-orphanage.” We are finding creative ways for Haitians to be self-employed so that they can take care of their own children with dignity and joy.
ECOCAFE HAITI | ecocafehaiti.com
The mission of EcoCafé Haiti is threefold: to enable economic self-sufficiency in rural Haiti by cultivating/processing and exporting quality Haitian coffee; to cultivate land for food (corn, beans, manioc, peanuts, fruit/leguminous trees); and to restore the heavily deforested ecological environment to good health. So, by purchasing our coffee, the interrelated problems of rural Haiti—economic, societal, and environmental problems—are solved simultaneously and holistically, not piecemeal. Additionally, the problems are solved by the rural Haitian community, not by those outside the community.
The company employs 25 full-time local workers who are paid fair wages to cultivate land that is deforested and deemed unsuitable for cultivation. This land is owned by local Ranquitte citizens who are largely incapable of cultivating the land on their own (i.e., the aged, infirmed, widowed, etc.). The land is cultivated with food crops, fruit/nut trees, and Haitian Arabica Typica coffee. In return for receiving the food and coffee crops, the landowners agree to have their land restored back to a healthy state, to leave the crops/trees undisturbed, and to learn proper agriculture cultivation practices. Additionally, each farmer family benefits from the sale of the coffee to the company at or above fair trade prices.
An additional 50 seasonal workers are employed at fair wages to harvest and process the coffee during the annual August-December harvest season. The proceeds from the sale of coffee will be sufficient to pay for on-going operating expenses (cherry coffee, labor, transportation, supplies, etc.), to provide a modest return to the workers and landowners, and to expand the program into neighboring communities. As a result, economic self-sufficiency will be realized once the volume of green coffee approaches “shipping container size” volume.
2ND STORY GOODS | 2ndstorygoods.com
In Jubilee, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Gonaives Haiti, people like Christianna, Phillipe, and Mafi are crafting baskets, journals, jewelry and other fashionable items, creating a local economy for the first time in generations.
These individuals are doing something quite remarkable: formulating the second story of their lives, swapping a history of handouts for a system of enterprise. 2nd Story Goods, is an arm of Much Ministries. 2nd Story Goods is on the ground nurturing the growth and development of an inspiring group of artisans and entrepreneurs. In the U.S., we are marketing their goods to help generate income for people who’ve proudly earned it.
Our vision is simple: to help the people of Jubilee create a thriving community for themselves. To foster that vision, 100% of profits after expenses go into initiatives like local business classes, small loans for entrepreneurs, supplies for the Jubilee school, and relief solutions for individuals and their families.
KREYOL ESSENCE | kreyolessence.com
Kreyol Essence is an agribusiness that offers an extensive array of luxury beauty products. We are the premiere portal for natural and raw ingredients from Haiti. Our exciting and purposeful company is anchored by the hydrating and healing properties of our signature product, Palma Christi: Haitian Black Castor Oil or “Lwil Maskreti” as it is known in Haiti.
Kreyòl Essence products are a botanical, therapeutic and natural collection of Haitian inspired luxury treatments. Each product is made from delicious, active and ethically sourced ingredients. Our product portfolio consists of hair growth oils, hair moisturizers, exotic hair pomades, body soufflés, natural soaps and soy candles.
Kreyòl Essence is “Natural with a Purpose”. We endeavor to tackle the socioeconomic disparities plaguing Haiti by developing a business model that benefits the country economically and environmentally. We hire Haitian farmers and women to grow and make our products, providing direct support to some of the 40% of women that are head of households in Haiti. As a company that caters to women it is only fitting for us to focus on women hires. Through farming, KE helps to combat deforestation, soil erosion, and global warming as the castor plant reduce the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.
AYITI NATIVES CO. | ayitinatives.com
Ayiti Natives Co. was founded in December 2011 by Caroline Sada, a Haitian-American Social Entrepreneur. Caroline, after working with Estee Lauder and gaining experience in the beauty industry, found a great passion for bringing the world natural beauty from Haiti. She returned to Haiti in March 2010 after the disastrous earthquake that left her country in rubble and stole the lives of many.
“What I’ve learned since the return is that Haiti will only evolve through job creation, strategic foreign investments, agriculture initiatives and export of its most valued assets: crafts to coffee to essential oils. I see Haiti brimming with products that are marketable internationally.” – Caroline
Ayiti Natives invests in a community development in Bois Neuf Cite Soleil, Hait – the poorest slum in the Western Hemisphere. The founder, Caroline Sada started a school with PRODEV called Institution Mixte Union des Apotres, the only school which provides free education and supplies to 300 students in a village of 30,000 people which are mostly unemployed.