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About Haiti

  • The average Haitian makes $400 a year.
  • Haiti had this century's worst natural disaster in the form of an earthquake in 2010.
  • It is home to almost 500,000 orphans. The vast majority of Haiti's "orphans" have not been orphaned by parental deaths, or natural disasters, but by parents who gave them up simply because they could not feed them.

What We're Doing

JarBello Gifts works with the up-cycled cereal box beads, clay beads, and steel art artists. Our work in Haiti is helping with the orphan crisis by providing parents with a sustainable business so that they can keep their children and raise them with dignity! These artisans spin beads out of recycled cereal boxes and mold beads out of clay, the same clay that the Haitian poor eat when starving.

The Haitian Steel Art is developed out of used oil drums -- of which Haiti has a surplus. The art medium originated when Haitians tried to make something to mark their loved one's graves. Today, Haiti Steel Art is a part of Haiti's culture and is improving the lives of families.

One of our Artisans groups is Caribbean Craft. They create an outlet for talented Haitian artisans to reach international markets. Caribbean Craft has been able to showcase the beautiful artistry of Haiti and bring it to an international setting, all while increasing job opportunity for Haitian artisans. Caribbean Craft channels the unique Haitian culture in its products by incorporating bright colors and traditional symbolism in many of its designs. In addition, Caribbean Craft strives to make all of its products from recycled material. For example, the paper maché products are made from reused cement bags, and the oil drums are made from recycled steel strums. Combined with the strong social and education program that Caribbean Craft provides for its artisans, the company positively contributes to the livelihood of Haitian families while also providing unique, quality products for home decorators around the world. In 2006, Caribbean Craft became a female-owned company, consistent with its goal of contributing to sustainable growth in Haiti.

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