Heart of Haiti from Macy’s Stores

Some of you may remember the tragic event that occurred in Haiti a couple of years ago. An estimated three million people were affected by a massive earthquake. The Haitian government reported that an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 were made homeless (source).

Even after two years, the country still struggles to rebuild it’s self.

To continue to help the people of Haiti, Macy’s has a line of products called Heart of Haiti.

Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection helps Haitian families rebuild their lives after the 2010 earthquake using some of the most unlikely materials to create metalwork, ceramics, quilts, paintings, jewelry and other home decor items and accessories.

From raw materials such as recycled oil drums and wrought iron to papier-mâché and stone, each item is handmade by a Haitian master artisan. By creating art that reflects their rich culture and history, artisans have a sustaining income to provide nutrition, education and health care for their families. The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and despite the devastating earthquake, people there are filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment. Options are very limited in this country. 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. It provides artists with an opportunity to make a living feed their families and pay their children’s school fees. School in Haiti is not free.

Macy’s sent me two pieces of jewelery from their Heart of Haiti collection. The Heart of Haiti Heart of the Goddess Pendant and the Heart of Haiti Horn Warrior Bracelet.

Both have a very unique style, and like every piece in the pendant collection, each piece is made with metal recycled from oil drums. These one-of-a-kind pendants are handcrafted with textured detail for a look of rustic beauty.

Whether you are looking for a gift for yourself or someone else, when you purchase an item from the Heart of Haiti collection, you are helping to provide for the families in Haiti. All artists receive half of the wholesale price from each piece.

What other reason do you need to shop this collection?

Besides jewelery, the collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. Accessories include vases, candle holders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more.

Every piece in this collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood. Plus, each item your purchase is signed by the artisan and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively at Macy’s stores around the country and on Macy’s.com.

In honor of showing our love this Valentine’s Day, one reader will win a Heart of Haiti, Heart of the Goddess Pendant. Enter to win below!


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I received the products mentioned above to help facilitate my review of Heart of Haiti. No other compensation was received and opinion are my own.

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  1. KATIE KLEIN says

    Being that Valentine’s is my hubbys bday we tend to not do anything in regards to valentines and try to focus more on his birthday!

  2. says

    Thanks so much for posting about Heart of Haiti! It means a lot to us! Haiti appreciates the extra love! Hope you have an awesome Valentine’s Day! Sorry about all the exclamations, all this love is just too exciting! From, The Everywhere team

  3. Geoff K says

    We celebrate by going out to our favorite Italian restaurant and coming home to watch a few of our favorite sappy romantic comedy movies and pig out on chocolate!

  4. Susan Ladd says

    On Valentine’s Day we just go out for dinner we do not celebrate it any other way. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

  5. Jen R says

    We get goodies for the kids and then have a nice dinner, cooked by both of us, after the kids go to their rooms for the night.

    reejen5 at gmail dot com

  6. Coriander Warren says

    we usually celebrate it the day after as my husband and I were married on the 15th—but we usually go out to dinner and a movie

  7. Laurie Emerson says

    With my husband still overseas, this year I was the one who made the homemade Valentine Cupcakes and homemade Valentines. I had a nice quiet dinner with my 7 month old and 3 year old and we were able to talk to my husband via webcam so it turned to be a great day and night.

  8. Leah Shumack says

    My daughter gets everything hearts…pancakes hearts for dinner, I bought myself flowers and we shared some chocolates

  9. shirley pebbles says

    We make valentines cards for each other and cook dinner together.

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  10. brian e. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…I ALWAYS take my wife out for lunch or dinner on Valentine’s Day.
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