Power of Purchase
Shopping is such a powerful tool. A good buy can you make you feel like a million bucks, make someone have the best day ever or even connect cultures and help others rebuild their lives. I’m excited and honored to have joined an initiative that does all three!
The obvious answer is why not! The better answer: Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and despite the devastating earthquake, people there are still filled with hope and desire to do what we all are trying to do..work hard to take care of our families through employment.
Teach a Man to Fish, You Feed Him for a Lifetime
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. It aims to empower its’ artists with the tools and skills needed to make a living, feed their families and pay their children’s school fees.
As part of my participation in this great initiative, I was sent a beautiful heart pendant handcrafted by local Haitian artist, Garnier Jacques. Macy’s has a whole page dedicated to the profiles of the artists behind their beautiful work. That, to me, is truly connecting cultures!
The collection features more than 40 home decor items, including: quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood.
Buy Good, Do Good
Some of the most generous people I’ve met are those living paycheck to paycheck. I know what it’s like to be in a position where you are relying on your own two hands to pay the bills. What a wonderful and easy way to give back and help others.
If you are looking for a unique and special gift to give yourself or someone else, I hope you check out the Heart of Haiti collection at Macy’s. I love to accessorize so I have my eye on a couple cute pieces for myself!
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— Isra(@thefrugalette) July 3, 2012
Disclosure: I was given a promotional item for my participation in this campaign. I received no other monetary compensation.