Did you know that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere? And that they weren’t exactly a well-off country before the most recent terrible earthquake?
But hope runs strong there. Willa Shalit, an artist and social entrepreneur, founded Heart of Haiti, a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative, along with Macy’s and The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. According to Macy’s,
The Heart of Haiti initiative provides artists with an opportunity to make a living feed their families and pay their children’s school fees. Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,000 people in the country.
I was sent a beautiful handcrafted horn bracelet from the Heart of Haiti collection to review. When my older son saw it, he gasped in delight and said, “Wow, it’s like a zebra!” It’s lovely, stylish, and comfortable. I’m not used to wearing bracelets, since I’m constantly carrying small children around, so I was surprised that this bracelet is really comfortable to wear and seems very durable. I don’t see it on the site right now, but there’s a lot of other jewelry that catches my eye!
The collection also includes housewares and home decor items such as picture frames, bowls, trays, and stunning candle holders. It also features quilts, metalwork, papier-mâché items, and paintings. Most of the items are made from recycled and sustainable items “such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood.” Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively at 25 Macy’s stores around the country and on www.Macys.com/Haiti.
One lucky winner here will receive a Heart of Haiti songbird picture frame (ever wish you could win your own giveaway? I do!).
Winner must live in the U.S. Enter via Rafflecopter below to for your chance to win!Winners will be announced December 30 by 8 p.m.
Disclosure: I was given a Heart of Haiti bone bracelet to review. I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.