A Gift that Gives Back | Rebuilding Haiti One Gift at a Time.


"Heart of Haiti" "Trade Not Aid" "Fair Winds Trading"


Can you believe it has been two years since the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti?  Two years later, and people are still trying to rebuild their lives, homes, and country.

"Heart of Haiti"
Courtesy of Fair Winds Trading - Jean Paul and Yvette - Jacmel, Haiti

Two years, and much of the aid for the country has moved on.  There have been other natural disasters, and as much as people would like to help everyone, it just isn’t possible.

That is why the Heart of Haiti Initiative is SO important.  The Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s.  The sales of these works put real, sustainable income into the hands of the artisans who create them, changing their lives in remarkable ways.

I find the Heart of Haiti project to be empowering not only to the artist, but for us as the people who walk into Macy’s and make a conscious choice to purchase a gift that will give back.

Here are some interesting facts about the Heart of Haiti initiative.

  • Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone.
  • Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

    "Heart of Haiti"
    Courtesy of Fair Winds Trading - Jean Paul and Yvette - Jacmel, Haiti
  • The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. Accessories include vases, candle-holders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more! The craftsmanship and technique behind these works of art, ranging from papier-mâché vases to hand cut metal frames & wall hangings, is truly remarkable. The collection is made almost entirely 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 Macy’s.com. The new collection can be found here. 2011 Fall Collection.
  • Most items fall in the range from $25-$60

Recently some bloggers from Everywhere Society went over to Haiti to see first hand how this initiative is working. The got the chance to meet the artists in person. Check out this amazing video!

Recently I received a gorgeous handmade hand-cut recycled steel “Songbird” picture frame in the mail. I was amazed at the detail in the work.  This is the kind of frame that art galleries sell.

"Heart of Haiti" "Trade Not Aid" "Fair Winds Trading"

“The singing of the birds is a celestial language attracting the presence of angels.”

This is just one example of the amazing gifts you can purchase at Macy’s.  From the artists hand’s to your home, the gifts literally rebuild Haiti one gift at a time.

"Heart of Haiti" "Trade Not Aid" "Fair Winds Trading"

Really, every time you purchase one of the Heart of Haiti gifts you are giving two gifts. The physical gift to the person who your are purchasing the item for, and the gift of helping an artist rebuild their life.

I would love if you could share the Heart of Haiti project with everyone!  Just click this link to tweet the following message!

Give a Valentine’s Day gift that helps rebuild Haiti. Shop the @HeartofHaiti collection today! http://ow.ly/8Xfdf#GiveBack

To stay up-to-date with news and announcements, follow @HeartofHaiti or like our Facebook page http://facebook.com/HeartofHaiti


Disclosure: The Heart of Haiti initiative sent me a frame to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own!

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  1. says

    Emily! Thanks so much for bringing attention to Heart of Haiti. Since visiting there last month it’s been so heart warming to think of how much each purchase helps put life saving income into the hands of incredible artists. Your support is appreciated more than you know!


  2. says

    Very important cause, and it’s crucial to keep the public aware of it as it can be easy to forget as time goes on. We need to to remember that there are many people still suffering from the aftermath of the earthquake. What a beautiful frame. Cx


    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Claire. I couldn’t have said it better!


  3. says

    Thank you for your ainzmag post about Heart of Haiti! My company, Everywhere, works with Macy’s on this campaign. I thought that you would also be interested in the Rwanda Path to Peace collection at Macy’s. It is similar to the Heart of Haiti line in that it features “Trade, Not Aid,” and it helps women in Rwanda provide for their families. Both are ainzmag causes. Thank you again for this great post!


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