Friday, December 23, 2016

Macy’s Heart of Haiti, The Gift that Gives Back

I was gifted a product from the Macy's Heart of Haiti line however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

If you like to give a gift that keep on giving, be sure to take a peek at Macy's Heart of Haiti line available in stores and online at  Everything is handmade by Haitian artisans and is part of a sustainable trade-not-aid program where artisans make 22% of the purchase price of every item sold.

After the devastating earthquake of January 2010 and the most recent hurricane in 2016, it has been virtually impossible for many Haitians to make a living. Heart of Haiti products are a beautiful array of handcrafted masterpieces that directly benefits artisans, enabling them to repair their homes, pay school fees for their children, and feed and clothe their families. Steady income means better nutrition, improved education, and access to healthcare. Now entering its seventh year, the Macy’s Heart of Haiti program continues its goal of helping Haitian artisans achieve economic empowerment through the sale of their handcrafted goods

I was sent the Metal work Snowflake ornament and the Heart of Haiti Soapstone Heart.  The Snowflake ornament is painted metal work, beautifully made and comes with a cute little bead and a ribbon to hang on your tree.  The gold leafed Soapstone Heart is very smooth and looks cute sitting on my coffee table.

The Macy’s Heart of Haiti line is NOT a charity. Charity is when you give people money or donate goods. With Macy’s Heart of Haiti, people are employed and can make a livelihood, doing what they love most.  The Macy’s Heart of Haiti program offers new opportunities for artists to collaborate with US designers, strengthening artisan associations (like the Artisans Business Network), and inspiring and energizing their communities. Men and women are working together, gaining confidence and hope for the future. Master artisans who planned to leave the country are now staying behind to train the next generation. Macy’s Heart of Haiti is one effort in bolstering the tradition of rich and unique Haitian art.

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