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Macy's Heart of Haiti (Sponsored Post)

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What is Macy’s Heart of Haiti? 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. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.

Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.

Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’s.com.

Sometimes we find that we are shaped in motherhood by the people we least expected. If someone had told me  I would meet a neurotic woman from New Mexico who would teach me more about motherhood than anyone else I'd have laughed. Sadie is not only my best friend but my "mommy muse". Sadie has helped me to grow, to learn to forgive myself, and to laugh at myself. We have grown up, into motherhood, together. That is why when I got the chance to work with Clever Girl Collective and Macy's Heart of Haiti, I knew she would be the person to give this beautiful necklace to.

I could not think of another woman in my life who has been more solid for me. Sadie is a gift in my life. Sadie was in my life and held up my arms during some of the darkest moments of motherhood. When I struggle with marriage issues, self esteem issues, and postpartum depression Sadie stood by me- never doing things for me, but always reminded me that I could take my life into my own hands and change the directions things were going for me. She reminded me that I was not alone, while helping me believe that I had the power in me to do what was best for myself. "Trade, Not Aid" holds this same tone. "Trade, Not Aid" helps people embrace their own power through their crafts and talents. Sustainable income is a cornerstone of what "Trade, Not Aid" does. Helping people understand that THEY have the power to change their situations is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to each other. This Mother's Day, I'm working with Clever Girls in support of Macy's Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the "trade, not aid" program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.

 

*Thank you to Macy's Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart" promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.