The population of Haiti is 10.7 Million. The ave Haitian makes $400/year.
Haiti had this century’s worst natural disaster in the form of an earthquake in 2010, with an estimated death toll of 230,000.
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Trades of Hope works with up-cycled cereal box beads, clay beads, & steel art artisans. Our work in Haiti is helping with the orphan crisis by providing parents with a sustainable business so they can keep their children & raise them with dignity! These artisans spin beads out of recycled cereal boxes & mold beads out of clay, the same clay that the Haitian poor eat when starving. They are turning what was full of brokenness into a symbol of hope & healing. The Haitian steel art is developed out of used oil drums, which Haiti has a surplus. This craft originated when Haitians tried to make something to mark their loved one’s graves. Today, this steel art is a part of Haiti’s culture & gives them the job opportunity to improve the lives of families. Artisan spotlight: Before joining the artisan group in Haiti, Shirly had a difficult childhood. She is the oldest child in her family & was raised by her mother, aunt & uncle. Like the majority of Haitians, she grew up poor. Her hard-working, resourceful mother kept various jobs in order to provide for the family, even taking jobs that took her away from her kids for wks at a time. The earthquake of 2010 destroyed all they had. Shirley’s mom sent her to an orphanage 2x & sent her brother away too. She wanted the best for her kids but couldn’t provide for them. She kept working hard & promised she would return for them. After their reunion, Shirly started slowly working with our artisan group. At 1st, it was very difficult. She remembered all her mom’s sacrifices & mustered the motivation to try out for a more advanced job of bead roller. She advanced & began growing into new opportunities. Shirly says of her job, “My life was really stressful before I was working-it’s made a huge positive impact in my life. I have hope & believe some of my dreams can come true. I’m confident & can do so many things I never thought possible! (Continued in comments)