Announcing the Impact Haiti Giveback!

Last June, we launched our first-ever Impact Giveback to support social programs in Uganda–and with your support, we were able to donate over $32,000. Wow. This month, we are so excited to continue investing in our partner communities through our Impact Haiti Giveback!

Haiti is a country that has faced more than its share of hardships–from environmental disasters to government corruption to a lack of sustainable work. However, it is also a country of incredible perseverance and ingenuity. Artisan crafts have long served as a source of income for many Haitians, and our Artisan Partners have mastered the art of turning oil drums and unwanted objects into works of art.

For the month of June, we invite you to join us in making a meaningful impact for our Partners in Haiti. When you host a June Trunk Show that reaches $1000, we’ll make a donation in your honor to the Impact Haiti Giveback fund. In addition, every Hostess with a qualifying Trunk Show (aka $300 in sales) will receive our limited edition Haitian Hope Bracelet for free!

If there’s one thing we know about the Noonday community, it is this: We can accomplish big things when we come together. That’s why we’re setting big goals for our Impact Haiti Giveback — and we can’t wait to see them become a reality!

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A Home for Carmelle

One of our primary goals for the Impact Haiti Giveback is to build a safe, sturdy home for an tenacious Artisan named Carmelle and her daughter Ismaela. Noonday Founder Jessica Honegger recently shared the vision behind this big goal: “Many of us don’t think about the significance of having a safe shelter for ourselves and our families. In fact, we probably are always looking around at our home noticing the picture frame that is not hanging just right or cabinets that need to be refreshed or that one project that will probably never get done. But in Haiti, housing is a complex issue. Haiti is still recovering from the earthquake of 2010. 1.5 million people were left homeless after the earthquake and many of those people are still, today, without a long term housing solution.”

Carmelle is one of those people. This tenacious woman has endured incredible adversity in her life, but has never stopped dreaming of building a better life for her daughter. For fifteen years, Carmelle worked as domestic help for a family in Port au Prince, and saved up her money with the goal of being able to send Ismaela abroad to attend University. She found a program that claimed to connect students with high-quality education in Mexico and invested all her savings in the program– but tragically, the program was a fraud, and she lost every penny of the money she had invested.

Later, Carmelle connected with our Artisan Business Partners and began working with them as a seamstress. Again she began saving all her earnings with the dream of buying land for her and her daughter to live on in a home of their own. Unfortunately, after the earthquake of 2010, Carmelle lost her land to gangsters who seized it in the wake of the disaster. Since then, Carmelle has struggled to get back on her feet, but hasn’t been able to save enough to repurchase land and secure a safe place for her and Ismaela to live.

We want to help this amazing mother achieve her dream of owning her own home. She has been able to secure the land, a huge accomplishment in Haiti, but needs a little help with building a house. We aim to cover the costs of building a safe and secure home complete with a working bathroom where Carmelle and Ismaella can live without fear of becoming homeless ever again.

A Workshop for Michel-Ange

In addition to building a home for Carmelle and her daughter, we want to help a budding Artisan Entrepreneur named Michel-Ange grow a brand new Artisan Business! Michel-Ange has been working with our Partners since the group’s beginning. After being trained as a jewelry maker, this ambitious woman worked hard to become a workshop manager, where she stood out as a natural leader. Michel-Ange had always dreamed of being able to return to her home village, where many people struggled in poverty.

After going through training with our Partners, Michel-Ange has been able to return home to launch a business of her own! To help get her business off to a strong start, Noonday placed her very first order–creating our Desert Lariat Necklace. To produce that order, Michel-Ange brought on nine women in her community who were in need of fair work. This is a huge accomplishment for an entrepreneur just starting out–but Michel-Ange is dreaming so much bigger!

Her business currently works out of an impromptu workspace that is not large enough to support additional growth. Our goal through the Impact Haiti Giveback is to provide Michel-Ange with the funds she needs to secure a clean, safe, and sizable workspace for her team that will allow her to employ even more women working to pull themselves out of poverty. Michel-Ange recently told us, “A growing business isn’t just about the employees but also about the personal lives of the people you’re working with.” Her dream isn’t just to provide work–it’s to build a community that supports every aspect of these women’s lives, empowering them to develop big dreams of their own!

“I believe everybody has a dream of something they want to see happen in their lives,” she said. “But they have to have the opportunity to be able to see that happen so they can have the chance. I want to provide that opportunity.”

Hope for Haitian Mothers

With any additional funds raised, we will make a donation to Haitian Heartline Ministries, an organization that supports maternal health programs for Haitian women. Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western hemisphere. In developed countries, the risk of maternal death for a woman is 1 in 3,800. For a Haitian woman, it is 1 in 83. Heartline Ministries is on a mission to change this. They provide a prenatal program for women that focuses on holistic care with an emphasis on relationship building. Everyone woman in the program is cared for and known by name. To learn more about Heartline Ministries’ Prenatal program, visit heartlineministries.org.

Ready to join us in making a difference for our Partners in Haiti? We can’t do it without you! Book your June Trunk Show today.

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