There is something powerful about being able to document and preserve the significant moments in life. It is special to be able to photograph a wedding, or film a child’s first steps, and it is equally significant to be able to capture the words that define such events.
While a spiral notebook or legal pad can serve the purpose, a beautiful journal provides a wonderful home for such thoughts, and can culminate in a book worthy of being passed down from generation to generation.
Although, there are countless journal options available we are excited to offer unique burlap journals from Haiti. These journals are handmade by Benson Thermidor and his fellow artisans out recycled coffee bags. Each journal is one of a kind, and the perfect option for capturing the important moments of your life. Or perhaps you might consider giving journals as gifts, to friends and family members as they enter into new seasons of life. Give one to a new parent, a graduating senior, or newly married couple. They will surely appreciate your thoughtfulness.
What makes purchasing one of these journals even more significant, is that you will be helping to fund life transformation in communities struggling with unemployment rates nearing 40%. While this statistic is hard to fathom, it is a reality for many families. However it doesn’t have to be this way, and you can play an important role in changing this reality. Who knows, you might just find helping these Haitian communities worthy of the very first post in your brand new burlap journal.
Sometimes a bag is more than just something in which to carry your wallet and keys. Sometimes a bag holds dreams stitched into each seam, and hope tacked into the lining. Sometimes a simple bag is a symbol of freedom.
Second Story Goods is a cooperative of Haitian artisans from Jubilee, a village on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti. These men and women are writing new stories for their lives into every stitch sewn, every product they hand-craft, and every piece sold at a fair price--allowing them to save and dream. Second Story is passionate about these personal stories and the mission of freeing families from poverty and dependency by connecting their skills with the Western market. Second Story's sling bags are created as part of a program called Trade School Haiti, which teaches valuable sewing skills to women in Jubilee. Philipe, who is pictured here, is the sewing instructor for this group of women.
It's not many companies who can, or will tell you exactly how their products are produced. At Jesus' Economy, we know all of this information before we even begin to work with artisan cooperatives. We want to know that profits are being routed directly to artisans and community development, transforming lives and producing real change in the region. Second Story Goods is doing just that, with initiatives like local business classes, small loans for entrepreneurs, and supplies for the Jubilee school. It's a story we can fully support. Buy your sling bag today in our fair trade shop.