The Haitian Bead Project
Our products feature handmade beads created from “upcycled” materials like cardboard and coconut shells. Each piece of jewelry is unique. No two necklaces or bracelets or even beads will ever be the same because of the creative process for making this jewelry. One of the huge benefits of this project is the way it fosters community among the Haitian people. In rural Haiti, the women often spend much of their day washing clothes in the river, gardening, hauling water from wells, cleaning and preparing food. We quickly discovered that making beads was a project the women could work on in the afternoons during the hottest hours of the day. Our artisans often find shade from the sun beneath the awning of a school building or in a church yard. They pull together a circle of chairs and roll beads. This is a time for the women to connect, to breathe. Their laughter and singing rings across the dusty fields. Their babies and children play at their feet or in a field nearby. The project fosters community as young mothers and grandmas, aunties and nephews find themselves working together and encouraging one another. Our business is committed to offering fair wages to women and men in the northern mountains of Haiti. We want every individual to be honored for her time and creativity. We have a team of volunteers and ambassadors from around the globe who partner with us to offer a hand up to our artisans and share the story of our business.