I was gifted a product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I love shopping for unique gift ideas for my friends and family. It’s even better when those gifts are more than just pretty little things. Gifts that give back have a special place in my heart. If I can spend my money on something that I know someone will love and help someone else at the same time, it’s like a double bonus. Giving back, especially at the holidays, is something very important to my family. From our annual toy donation to helping out whenever and wherever we can, I want to show my kids just how easy it is to give back and help those around us. That’s why I love the The Heart of Haiti product line sold at Macys.com. The line offers sustainable income to Haitian artisans by allowing them to support their families with dignity and purpose.
After the devastating earthquake of January 2010 and the most recent hurricane in 2016, it has been virtually impossible for many Haitians to make a living. Heart of Haiti products are a beautiful array of handcrafted masterpieces that directly benefits artisans, enabling them to repair their homes, pay school fees for their children, and feed and clothe their families. Steady income means better nutrition, improved education, and access to healthcare. Now entering its seventh year, the Macy’s Heart of Haiti program continues its goal of helping Haitian artisans achieve economic empowerment through the sale of their handcrafted goods. Artisans receive 22 percent of the retail price for each item in the collection.
The Macy’s Heart of Haiti program offers new opportunities for artists to collaborate with US designers, strengthening artisan associations (like the Artisans Business Network), and inspiring and energizing their communities. Men and women are working together, gaining confidence and hope for the future. Master artisans who planned to leave the country are now staying behind to train the next generation. Macy’s Heart of Haiti is one effort in bolstering the tradition of rich and unique Haitian art.
Why not give someone you love a beautiful handcrafted gift that truly can make a difference in someone’s life. I was sent a beautiful snowflake ornament but there are so many other gorgeous pieces in the Heart of Haiti line.
It looks beautiful on my tree and I smile every time I look at it. I even went out to purchase a few more for gifts that I know my friends will love.
When you’re purchasing gifts for the holidays, consider giving gifts that provide sustainable income for those in need. The Macy’s Heart of Haiti line is NOT a charity. Charity is when you give people money or donate goods. With Macy’s Heart of Haiti, people are employed and can make a livelihood, doing what they love most. It’s a sustainable trade-not-aid program where artisans make 22% of the purchase price of every item sold. In Haiti, the average daily income is around $1.00 a day.
Haiti is a country rich in the arts so when the earthquake hit, Macy’s made the bold decision to carry a product line made by local artisans. The going was not easy back in 2010. Shortly after the earthquake, the infrastructure did not even exist to house or even ship goods. Today, seven years later, Macy’s continues to sell the products, with a full assortment of beautiful handcrafted items available at macys.com and select stores.
This holiday season gift a beautiful handcrafted gift that means so much more. Visit Macys.com and select stores to view the Heart of Haiti line.