If you can't feed 100 people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa
  • Posted on: 2 June 2014
  • By: Buy the change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a month it has been! As many of you know (if you follow us on Facebook and Instagram) I spent last week in Haiti distributing shoes with Soles4Souls, a wonderful non-profit based in Nashville, Tennessee.



S4S gives new shoes to children living in poverty all over the world.



Our group of 8 included 5 volunteers, our Souls4Souls leader, Tiffany, our guide, Kesnel and our driver, Wilfrance.



Together we visited 4 schools, 4 orphanages, a large community center and an after school feeding center that was started by our guide, Kensel about 3 months ago.



By working as an amazing team we were able to put over 400 pairs of brand new shoes directly onto the feet of that many children.



It was an honor to represent Buy The Change in this collaborative effort.

 

 
I took this shoe off of a little boy at one of the schools we visited....
and this is how it looked about an hour later.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with a large portion of the population scraping by on only a few dollars per day. The effects of the devastating earthquake in 2010 are still very apparent and many people and organizations are still displaced.



Many of the children we met at the orphanages we visited are not orphans but were given up by their families because of the inability to care for them.
The purpose of my trip was two-fold. Working with Soles4souls is something I have wanted to do for some time and they were wonderful about helping me locate women artisans who might be a fit for Buy The Change.



We are thrilled to be adding products from Haiti to our product line.



There are special challenges in Haiti. Incomes are very low but because of scarcity, food and housing are not cheap. To pay women a true living wage for their handmade products means paying more.



Of course, we will not let that detour us from our mission and goal to help women in Haiti earn the income to create better lives for themselves and their children.
We are offering introductory special pricing on some of the one of a kind, handmade items I found in Haiti.



These are not listed in the web store so please email us at buythechangeusa@gmail.com if you would like to purchase one of these bags.



We will get future shipments of these styles but not the same colors or designs. If you love it, grab it now.
Abstract Beaded Clutch



This gorgeous, special occasion bag is specially priced at $55

The price on future shipments will be $69
It is completely covered with a beaded design, 9" x 5" and lined in brown satin.
Red Beaded Clutch



Double snap and zipper closure, Lined in black satin, 9.5"x 4.5"

Specially priced at $39

Future shipments of this style will be priced at $55
Mint Green Circle Clutch



Zipper Closure, Lined in bright green satin, 10" x 4.5", Same design on both sides

Specially priced at $32

Future shipments of this style will be priced at $40
Black Squiggle Clutch



Zipper closure, lined in black satin, 10" x 4.5", same design on both sides

Specially Priced at $32

Future shipments of this style will be priced at $40
Melon Medallion Clutch



Zipper closure, Lined in orange satin, 10" x 4.5", Same design on both sides

Specially Priced at $32

Future shipments of this style will be priced at $40
Red Butterfly Clutch



Zipper closure, Lined in red satin, 10" x 4.5", Same design on both sides

Specially Priced at $32

Future shipments of this style will be priced at $40
Heart Pouch



Zipper closure, 5.5" x 4.5", Lined in black satin, Same design on both sides.

Specially Priced at $15

Future shipments of this style will be priced at $22
I can't express how much your support of Buy The Change and our mission to support women around the world has meant to Shanan and I over the last 2.5 years.



The week I spent in Haiti served as a firm reminder that we can make a difference.



Each of the children who received shoes is in school because someone is working hard to earn the money for tuition. School in Haiti is not free.



Mothers who wash clothes in buckets, and sometimes even the river, manage to send their children to school everyday in a clean, pressed uniform.



They know an education can and will make a better future possible.



Huge problems can be solved when each of us is willing to step up and do "what we can, with what we have, where we are".



In Gratitude,

Kari