LibeteMadeInHaiti

beautifully made in haiti

Lexington, Kentucky On Etsy since 2015

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LibeteMadeInHaiti

beautifully made in haiti

Lexington, Kentucky | 608 Sales

Announcement    Welcome to Libète Made In Haiti! 100% of profits go right back to the lovely women who've left a life of brothel prostitution in Port de Paix, Haiti and now make these beautiful items instead. Your purchase keeps these women OUT of the brothel and working on something far better. We are so grateful for your support!

Follow along on Instagram for the latest shop additions:
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Announcement

Last updated on Apr 25, 2020

Welcome to Libète Made In Haiti! 100% of profits go right back to the lovely women who've left a life of brothel prostitution in Port de Paix, Haiti and now make these beautiful items instead. Your purchase keeps these women OUT of the brothel and working on something far better. We are so grateful for your support!

Follow along on Instagram for the latest shop additions:
@libete_madeinhaiti

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About LibeteMadeInHaiti

Sales 608
On Etsy since 2015
Video summary: The ladies make cereal box beads by hand and then sort them by color to create beautiful garlands, necklaces, and bracelets.

You're not just buying something pretty ... YOU'RE CHANGING LIVES. It's a win-win.

Several years ago I stood in a small, open-air, dirt courtyard with the blazing sun beating down, the temperature in the low 90s with high humidity. I was surrounded by a circle of 10 small rooms made entirely of corrugated tin. Each of the rooms had a single door that opened into the dirt courtyard. A room number was haphazardly spray painted on each door, and none of those tin rooms had windows, let alone air conditioning.

What I'm describing is a Haitian brothel. The ladies who now make the items in this little space? They used to work there. And they are my friends.

A few years ago, some of them gathered their courage and left that life to begin making the beautiful goods you see in this shop. It took real bravery to try something new ... to believe that they in fact could earn a living as artists, instead of living the degrading life of prostitution ... to believe they were worthy of respect as one of God's daughters.

The most amazing part for me has been the privilege of witnessing this firsthand. I've seen their self confidence grow and their dignity restored. They can look me in the eye when we talk now. They feel comfortable enough to tease me and laugh at my dumb jokes. They speak of their new line of work with great pride. They enjoy having their picture taken. If you could've spoken with them a few years ago, you'd realize what a miracle all of this truly is.

My friend Sarah and I have teamed up with these Haitian women, teaching them how to make the beautiful things you see in this shop. The ladies not only earn a great wage, but your purchase enables them to have a new life, supporting their families in a happier, healthier way outside of the brothel. Yay for that!

And guess what? They really don't want you to feed their kids and send them to school. THEY want to do that. Your purchase gives them a "hand up" that allows them to feel the pride that comes from good work.

When you buy something they've made, you might think it's just another pretty thing for your house, or another cool piece of jewelry to wear. But for these ladies, it's freedom ("Libète" in Haitian Creole). It means everything to them.

THEY win .. with a dignified job, good income, and the ability to support their family.

YOU win ... with cute items for yourself or gifts for your friends, and the joy that comes from helping someone who needs it.

And God is glorified ... because His kids are doing what they can to make the world a little brighter for everybody.

Thanks for being a part of this endeavor!
Neile
Libète Made In Haiti
P.S. Want to see some of the ladies sorting through the beads they've made? Check out the little video we've attached.

Shop members

  • Neile

    Owner, Designer

    I'm Neile... just a gal who's super proud of some beautiful women I know in Port de Paix, Haiti. They used to work in a brothel, but now they make awesome things instead. I'm so glad you landed here!

Production partners

  • Darline

    Port-de-Paix, Haiti

    I've employed 7 women who have been working in a Haitian brothel- a difficult life to say the least, with low pay. Earning a really good, livable wage creating paper bead products from recycled magazines has provided an opportunity for them to leave the brothel and make a better life for themselves!

  • Guerda

    Port-de-Paix, Haiti

    I've employed 7 women who have been working in a Haitian brothel- a difficult life to say the least, with low pay. Earning a really good, livable wage creating paper bead products from recycled magazines has provided an opportunity for them to leave the brothel and make a better life for themselves!

  • Lourdie

    Port-de-Paix, Haiti

    I've employed 7 women who have been working in a Haitian brothel- a difficult life to say the least, with low pay. Earning a really good, livable wage creating paper bead products from recycled magazines has provided an opportunity for them to leave the brothel and make a better life for themselves!

  • Marie

    Port-de-Paix, Haiti

    I've employed 7 women who have been working in a Haitian brothel- a difficult life to say the least, with low pay. Earning a really good, livable wage creating paper bead products from recycled magazines has provided an opportunity for them to leave the brothel and make a better life for themselves!

  • Mirlanda

    Port-de-Paix, Haiti

    I've employed 7 women who have been working in a Haitian brothel- a difficult life to say the least, with low pay. Earning a really good, livable wage creating paper bead products from recycled magazines has provided an opportunity for them to leave the brothel and make a better life for themselves!

  • Miskarline

    Port-de-Paix, Haiti

    I've employed 7 women who have been working in a Haitian brothel- a difficult life to say the least, with low pay. Earning a really good, livable wage creating paper bead products from recycled magazines has provided an opportunity for them to leave the brothel and make a better life for themselves!

  • Solange

    Port-de-Paix, Haiti

    I've employed 7 women who have been working in a Haitian brothel- a difficult life to say the least, with low pay. Earning a really good, livable wage creating paper bead products from recycled magazines has provided an opportunity for them to leave the brothel and make a better life for themselves!

Shop policies

Last updated on October 7, 2019
Thank you for stopping by Libète Made In Haiti!

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I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If you have any questions about the items, please ask before you purchase. I'd be happy to chat with you! But if something isn't right when your item arrives, please contact me. I want you to be happy with your purchase and will do my best to that end. I can be easily reached through the "conversation" button, or you may email me at heyneile [!at] aol.com.
Payment
I accept payments through PayPal, major credit cards, and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
*Shipping to US addresses only. In another country? Please inquire and I'll see what I can do!

Libète Made In Haiti ships within the US. Your lovely items will be on their way to you within 1-2 business days. I'm usually pretty prompt :)

All items will be carefully packaged and sent via USPS with a delivery confirmation which I will provide for you.

Please verify that your address is correct before purchasing! Once an item has shipped, we can't be responsible for its delivery.
Additional policies and FAQs
Have a question? Need something customized? Contact us and we'll see what we can do: heyneile [!at] aol.com