Haiti is located in the Caribbean, situated on one-third of the Island, Hispaniola. In 2010, Haiti was hit by a magnitude seven earthquake and the devastation is still in repair today. With over 10 million residents in Haiti, it's reported that half of the population are under age 20. Due to economic hardship many families are forced to place their children in orphanages. According to Wikipedia, “The World Fact Book reports a shortage of skilled labor, widespread unemployment and underemployment, more than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.” Many organizations are working to change this by empowering the people of Haiti to earn a living in a dignified way. These organizations are equipping the people with trades using locally available resources and paying fairly for production of the goods. The array of crafted items includes; jewelry made from local clay beads, goods made with Batik fabric, specialty leather goods, repurposed products, and much more. In Haiti we’ve been privileged to partner with these organizations: 2nd Story Goods out of Gonaives, REBUILD Globally out of Port au Prince, and Haiti Co-op Design out of Port Au Prince.
Situated in Central America, this luscious, green country is heavily populated with over 12 Million residents who speak over 24 languages. Long before the Spanish settled in Guatemala, the Mayan civilation flourished in much of the country. These influences left a culture proudly producing beautiful textiles. Coffee, sugar and bananas are also exported items.
Amid the majestic Himalayans, a beautiful culture of Nepali people live struggling to survive. Although the young people of Nepal desperately seek a better future, it is a great challenge as they become prime targets of human trafficking. A huge percentage of Nepali children grow up in a children's home, which is sometimes necessary and sometimes not. Many impoverished families see it as a way for their children to have a chance at a better life, so the children are abandoned to a system that, in the end, will fail them. These children are provided with an education, but unfortunately, they age out of the children’s home system just two years shy of finishing high school and robbed of the ability to attend University. Many of these youth have no way to continue their education and cycle back into poverty’s grip.
Ghana is located in West Africa with an approximate population of 27 million. Ghana is one of the more developed and progressive countries in Africa, rich in natural resources and a major exporter of gold, diamonds and cocoa. Organizations are currently working in Ghana to support those impacted by poverty, empowering the women of Ghana to earn money to support their families with a respectable trade. The signature product produced by Ghana women is a variety of items made with beautiful, hand dyed batik fabric. In Ghana We’ve been privileged to partner with Feeding The Orphans, whose mission is to support orphans with proceeds from sales of products made in Ghana.
Over the years, the United States of America is often referred to as The Land of Opportunity. While this is true, the number of handmade products stateside are limited. We are proud to work with artisans here in the states who are using their gifts and talents to help provide for their families.
Boasting more than 1.2 Billion people, India is located in South Asia. It is one of the largest countries in the world! India is one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, having become a newly industrialized nation in the past twenty years. Hinduism is the most prevalent religion in India, with over 80% of the population practicing Hindu. Second is Islam at around 13%. Christianity is third among the Indians, with just over 2% of the population practicing. Some of the most popular items coming out of India are diamonds, spices and apparel.