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  • Thanksgiving Memories [Gratitude]

    Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I can’t help but reminisce on the many Thanksgivings that were held in my dining room in Haiti over the years. A wond...
  • What Happened to All the Money? (The Story of Aid Money in Haiti)

    For a country like Haiti, and those of us wanting to help, unless we turn the corner from aid to development, from charity to empowerment, form orphanages to jobs, from hand-outs to education, we will never see the end of the bottomless pit of dependence and need for charity that continues to pour into the country only to leave the rest of the world wondering….Where did all the money go?
  • Less Jobs + Less Tourism = More Suffering for Haiti

    “Why are you doing this?” I asked him gently. “My kids are hungry. I have no food. I have no job. We have to do something to get the governments attention.” He replied. The adrenaline was starting to subside. I asked him how he thought that throwing bottles outside of the artisan business would help him. He started to explain how they had organized into groups of 50 to cover all of the areas and protest and that journalists would follow them and get pictures. 
  • It Takes A Village [How Fair Trade Jewelry is Changing Lives]

    Our Company is Not Typical! While many companies are thinking about efficiency and how to cut labor costs, our whole mission is to think about how...
  • AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FAIR-TRADE PARTNERS AND FRIENDS WANTING TO DO SUSTAINABLE WORK IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.

    If we don’t go into our work in development with sustainability as a goal, then we might as well just be doing charity work. Charity work is fine and good and necessary in a crisis but is hardly a long-term solution for getting families out of poverty and changing generations.