Now entering its sixth year, Macy’s Heart of Haiti program continues its goal of helping Haitian mothers achieve economic empowerment through the sale of their handcrafted goods. Macy’s continues to boost these efforts by featuring a product line of stunningly beautiful items, many created by these Haitian mothers. Meet Artisian Chena Gilles, a soapstone artisan from Leogane, Haiti, creates beautifully intricate, handmade items for Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection. She sources her materials for stone found in the mountains and dried riverbeds.
Meet Artisan, Yvette Celestin, lives in the coastal town of Jacmel. In this video, she shares her technique of using tobacco leaves to create unique, papier mache pieces for Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection.
The Mother’s of Haiti represents resilient, hardwork, and passion. Their passion radiates through their love for their children, and through the love of their art. As a Mom like many others these women strive for excellence to make a better life for their children; a life far beyond the life they experienced growing up. These women and mothers have discovered their blessed with the gift of artistry, and they use their gift to bring to life their hopes and dreams of establishing sustainable income to support their families.
The country of Haiti is rich in the arts and dreams of hope despite being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. I encourage you all to purchase from the Haiti of Haiti collection by visiting macys.com or by visiting one of the following locations:
Herald Square, Downtown Brooklyn, Downtown DC’s Metro Center, Chicago’s State Street, San Francisco’s Union Park, Downtown Seattle, Dallas Gallaria, Downtown Portland (Ore), Atlanta’s Lenox Square, Dallas Galleria Mall, Miami Dadeland.
Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans (out of a 10M population) who rely solely on their handcrafted goods as a source of income. No other sector of employment even approaches such numbers. Macy’s Heart of Haiti employs 550 artisans, providing economic support to their 4500 extended family members and others.
I support the Heart of Haiti here are some of the pieces from my personal collection.
“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“