January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring a catastrophic 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the Haiti one of the most impoverished nation. The already weak infrastructure of Haiti was more or less obliterated. Aid came in droves, but very little of it reached the actual citizens.
Today marks the 6th anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti and one amazing program that has made a difference in the lives of Haitians affected. Macy’s made the bold decision to carry a line of goods made by Haiti’s rich artist community and offer the products up for sale to Macy’s customers. Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection continues to thrive!
To date over 550 artists make their livelihood by creating goods for sale at Macys.com and a few select stores. While other aid organizations have come and gone, Macy’s has remained, making a commitment to the artists and providing proof that American shoppers appreciate gifts that make a difference.
Macy’s Heart of Haiti has been giving economic support to Haitian artisans ever since the devastating earthquake hit this economically fragile nation six years ago. The country of Haiti is rich in the arts and despite being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, metal artisans, papier-mâché artisans, and skilled crafts people are anxious to work and earn a living to support their families.
- A fair trade collection in partnership with Global Goods Partners
- Because each item is a unique work of art, variations in size and color will occur
- Includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
How you can get involved?
Every time you make a purchase, you have an opportunity to make a difference. Buying products like Macy’s Heart of Haiti that give hope and employment to artists is a way to make sure your hard earned dollars are making a difference.
Presently the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line is only available at a few select Macy’s stores listed here: Herald Square, Downtown Brooklyn, Downtown DC’s Metro Center, Chicago’s State Street, San Francisco’s Union Park, Downtown Seattle, Dallas Galleria, Downtown Portland (Oregon), Atlanta’s Lenox Square, Miami Dadeland.
Items an also be purchased online by visitng: www.macys.com/giftsthatgivehope
Here is a video, which features the process of making beautiful metal crafts for Macy’s Heart of Haiti.
The country of Haiti is rich in the arts and dreams of hope I encourage you all to purchase a beautiful artisian handcrafted home decor item for the collection.
“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”
“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“