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ViBella

Vi Bella has been providing full time employment for at-risk individuals since 2011. Our founder was moved to action after witnessing the impact of a devastating earthquake on the country of Haiti. The people she met needed steady employment and to keep their families together. Vi Bella was born out of a response to this call to seek justice and to love our neighbors. Our story doesn't stop in Haiti. With two centers operational there, Vi Bella expanded to the small village of Pesqueria, Mexico.  We also employ women in transitional housing near our home office in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Vi Bella story has grown to provide employment, education, and opportunity to more than 60 artisans in Haiti, Mexico,...

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Stone Work by Larette

In Gressier Haiti there is a man by the name of Larette. Larette is an artist who takes stones from the river and turns them into beautiful pieces of art.  He was left handicapped after the earthquake and since then has been using his hands to provide for his family. His pieces are all 100% hard carved by him and a few local young adults he mentors.  Larette has an eye for details and loves to show off his work. If you are ever in Gressier contact us and we would love for you to be able to meet him.

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Ayiti Metal Art

If you have ever been to the metal art district in Croix-des-Bouquets then you have seen the beautiful products made out of recycled oil drums.  These products are all hand made from something that was going to be thrown away into something beautiful.   Recently due to political instability these artists have taken a huge hit and have had a hard time supporting themselves.  That is when Ayiti Metal Art was started to come into help the artisans grow their businesses through exports.  

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Mission Lazarus Goods

Lazarus Artisan Goods was born out of a vocational training program. The artisan skills of our employees, a testament to their “maestro”, are evident in every hand made product we offer. By combining old world techniques, including needle and thread stitching and hand riveting with an elegant classy yet rustic feel, Lazarus Artisan Goods knows that each item we produce is more than just a leather piece, it’s a statement of values and integrity. When you purchase a hand crafted leather piece from Lazarus Artisan Goods you’re being invited to join a group of a select few who’ve discovered what Eugene Adalais' friends discovered in him, and what I discovered in Ernesto, amazing, one of a kind artisan skills. Our...

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2nd Story Goods

At 2nd Story Goods, we know you want to be a fashionable responsible consumer without breaking the bank. The problem is that you don’t know where to shop, which can leave you feeling hesitant and guilty with every purchase you make. We believe you deserve to feel good about the stuff you buy.  We understand how it feels to want to buy things that are good for the people who made them, the planet, and you.This is why we’ve been working on the ground with our artisans in Gonaives, Haiti for 8 years, creating recycled, handcrafted goods for a livable wage. Last year our impact enabled over 108 children to stay in school, not because of hand-outs, but through the dignity of their parents’ work with 2nd...

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