Heart of Haiti, helping through trade not aid

It's an old saying - give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime.

The sentiment of this saying is evident in the program Heart of Haiti. Heart of Haiti is a program that seeks to help Haitians through trade, not aid. By supporting commerce in the embattled nation, the country can build a sustainable income. This program helps to develop local artisans in a variety of crafts to stimulate the economy.

The Heart of Haiti collection has already led to employment of 350 artists in Haiti and has provided some financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

Each of these artisan pieces are hand-made from recycled materials. The items include a variety of decor items and accessories. Pieces include vases, candleholders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters and some personal items like necklaces. All of these pieces range from $26-$60.

The Heart of Haiti products can be purchased at Macys. For a complete list of available products, please see http://bit.ly/heartofhaiti

So this year when thinking about gifts, why not think about giving a gift that gives back. A gift from the Heart of Haiti does just that.

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a campaign with Mom's Bloggers Club to spread the word about the Heart of Haiti. I was provided with a heart necklace as a thank you. For my complete disclosure statement, please see www.more4momsbuck.com/disclosure.  

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