Haitian Gold Wrap Candles

$32.00

Designed by artists Cristina Hernandez and Mimi Robinson, these unique candle wraps are handcrafted from recycled metal in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Each is handpoured by the women of Fanm Limye, a candle enterprise supported by their nonprofit, Prosperity Catalyst. Available in four designs, each is decorated by a Haitian artisan using metal shears, a hammer and a nail. The decorative pieces are created flat, finished with gold paint, then wrapped around recycled bottles that have been fashioned into candle votives.

The unscented candles are made with pure soy and Haitian beeswax, which has a very light, natural scent, and a cotton wick. When your candle burns low, simply replace with any pillar or votive candle purchased in your local stores.  Choose from our bird, sunflower or fish candles that measure 3" W x 3" H and burn for about 30 hours. Or choose from our starfish candles, small (3" high), medium (4.5" high) and tall (6" high); all are 3.5" wide, and the small burns for 40 hours, medium for 65 hours, and large for 95 hours.

Haiti

Haiti

This apron was made in partnership with New York clothing designer Liz Alig, from button down shirts gathered from donated clothing.  It is sewn by a women's cooperative in the plateau of Haiti - a very rural village where the production of Liz Alig clothing provides a much needed source of income for families that have little opportunities. Liz Alig partners like-minded organizations around the world that pay fair wages and give back to their communities. This empowers women to go back to school, start their own businesses, and provide for their families.  These things are unheard of for women who previously lived on less than a dollar a day. 

 

 

Haiti - Fanm Limye

Haiti - Fanm Limye

Fanm Limye (“Women Illuminated” in Haitian Creole) is Prosperity Catalyst’s for-profit enterprise hub in Port-au-Prince, providing business vocational training and market access to local and global markets. It began with four women making candles and now has expanded to support a constellation of 12 artisan businesses in Port-au-Prince, and four beekeeping associations, involving 310 beekeepers in the West Department. Through their involvement with Fanm Limye, these businesses, all working along a common value chain, have been strengthened so that they can produce bulk and high end products for local and export markets. The ultimate end of this work is to sustainably improve the income of vulnerable Haitian women and households.