Are you ready to tour the world with Trades of Hope? This is no ordinary tour, this is a tour with a PURPOSE! We’re going to travel around the globe, meeting artisans from several countries and seeing their beautiful work. We’ll hear stories of HOPE, about people who have been empowered out of difficult circumstances and found sustainable employment with dignity through craft work. We’ll see how we can change the world in simple ways and we’ll have lots of fun while we’re at it! Join us right here on my blog for the next several weeks as I share the stories of the 16 countries that Trades of Hope supports. In case you missed it, last week we talked about the story behind Trades of hope and a bit about the founders. Trades of Hope home office is located in Florida so we went there first.
Trades of Hope Tuesday – Haiti
From Florida, we’re going to wing on down to Haiti, where we find a wonderful woman named Shelly Clay and the artisans she works with. In 2007, Shelly and her husband went to Haiti to adopt a little girl. When they arrived, they discovered that the child’s parents were living and still wanted her, but simply could not afford to care for her. As Shelley investigated further, she found that every child in the orphanage was in the same situation – their parents were so desperate that they felt their only choice was to give their babies to an orphanage so they could have a chance. Shelley and her family moved to Haiti and started an artisan group; starting with 4 women, teaching them to make jewelry and sell it so they could afford to keep their families intact. Shelley now has more than 300 employees. Trades of Hope was their first wholesale partner, and we continue to be a huge part of the change for Haitians and the crisis of relinquished children. Beautiful jewelry items are made by this group, which is nicknamed the “Unorphanage, “ from recycled cereal boxes and hand made clay beads. They are simply stunning!
The following video tells a bit more about this group and their work. Feel free to watch it now or return to it later at your convenience: