Ismaella’s Story of Hope in Haiti

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The Need to Be Strong

“We have several teams who work in the workshop and I belong to the jewelry team. Every team has their own name, and mine is Fanm Djanm, which means ‘strong women’. In Haiti, life is difficult. In an unorganized society, women have to become strong to survive and to support their children.

Discovering Strength Together

This kind of woman is everywhere. She could be a friend, or a family member, or a stranger. We can meet them throughout the day and not even know it. But for me, I don’t have to look any further than at my work. We are a small community of strong women. We share good and bad times, and because we spend so much time together, we have become a second family.

Empowered by Hope

There is no shortage of strong women who work at our Artisan community.

Our Artisan community gives us the opportunity to earn money and allows us to become better than we could have imagined.

We can go farther, and we can understand that we have potential for great things.

Our community helps us realize that we can take care of ourselves and our families.

In our eyes, you can see hope, in our hearts, there is courage and love.

We are women who know how to overcome adversity, women who know how to get up after a fall.

Strength is the best word to define us, and that’s why we are called Fanm Djanm.” – Ismaella, Artisan in Haiti

Check out these amazing designs made by Artisan teams in Ismaella’s community in Haiti!
Watch this video to discover more about Ismaella’s Artisan community and the inspiring story behind their Zanmi Earrings.
Trades of Hope is partnering to empower women in Haiti through Fashion as a Force for Good.

Every purchase of our Zanmi Earrings helps provide sustainable income for a woman like Ismaella.

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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.

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