Brought together by their love for high fashion and the awareness of disappearing indigenous design, Farah Malik and Dana Arbib conceptualized a company that brought income to regions of sociopolitical strife. A Peace Treaty was born in 2008.
An evolving collection of luxury fashion, A Peace Treaty is known for their artisan-level accessories. Each season, jewelry and scarf collections are re-defined using unique colorways, ancient handmade textiles, and metal-smithing techniques that otherwise would not be used. Looking to support artisans’ technique and craft while promoting luxury design for a worldwide audience, these pieces are ethically-produced, providing above fair trade wages and income generation opportunities for disabled, widowed, and/or marginalized women.
A Peace Treaty creates employment for local village artisans in nine different countries – Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and the United States.
There are over 500,000 orphans in Haiti. While many would say that an orphan is a child that lost both parents, the sad fact is, many of these are not those kind of orphans – “true orphans.” Many of these children were given to orphanages because their living parents are extremely poor.
Over 70% of Haitian adults are unemployed, and those employed are not making much more than $400 annually. These statistics result in men leaving their wives due to the inability to take care of them, and women giving up their children for the same reason.
The Apparent Project is a non-profit organization that was created to help fix this issue of extreme poverty leading to child abandonment. Along with education and guidance, each struggling parent is trained in a trade (like jewelry making, sewing, or book binding) through the Project’s artisan program, allowing them to earn income. Not only are these different products are available online through MarketHaiti.com, but also through Donna Karan, Gap, and Disney. Jewelry, clothing, and journals are just some of the items available for purchase.
The Apparent Project takes the name “apparent” so that the parents can be “A PARENT,” while the Project assists on taking care of the kids that don’t have “A PARENT,” and using the media to make Haitian poverty “APPARENT.” Want to help out? The Apparent Project accepts donations for both the children and artisans on their website… Or contact the Project’s Washington office for information on hosting a jewelry party or donating recycled paper goods!
Some of the products available on MarketHaiti.com:
I am constantly looking for new artisan made products and pieces crafted from around the world. I came across Bluma Project at Anthropologie about a year ago and their product line fits right in. They work with female artisans in Rwanda and Ghana to create jewelry and textile collections. After their products are complete they sell them to retailers in the Western Markets. By collaborating with these artisans they hope to provide employment opportunities where there is very little. Make sure to check out their SITE. I attached a few of my favorite pieces:)
We stumbled across a website called Pretty Mommy and we were instantly intrigued with what we saw. Michelle, who has always loved fashion and was once a buyer for small boutiques is now a mom and has put together a website (Pretty Mommy) to offer beautiful artisan made products! Check out some of our favorite products from Pretty Mommy.
This time of year always gets hectic with trying to make sure that you have the perfect gift for your loved ones. The past two years, we have been trying to support businesses with a social mission during the holiday season. Having been working with artisans around the globe for the past year and a half, we love supporting talented crafters in any way possible. So why not give a hand-crafted gift that is providing a job for a woman who needs to feed her family? Did you know that women make up of 70% of the world’s poorest people, and 2/3 of them are illiterate. Mothers, daughters and sisters lack jobs, education, food, and shelter for their families.
This holiday season we want to commit to supporting female artisans who need it most! Check out these social enterprises who are dedicated to supporting underprivileged entrepreneurs and artisans around the globe by providing them with an education, training, and the resources needed to create a sustainable lifestyle.
P.S. These AMAZING necklaces would make the perfect stocking stuffer:)