Steel Heart Earrings, Haiti
Simple yet such a meaningful symbol of love and all things good, these little hearts are joined with a single distressed handmade clay bead.
Dimensions: Approx. 2.5"
Steel drum art is one of the most celebrated Haitian art forms. Each piece is handcrafted from recycled 55 gallon drums using ONLY a hammer and a few small tools that resemble railroad spikes.
Papillon is a fair trade certified, socially conscious lifestyle business dedicated to employing at-risk mothers and fathers in Haiti. Their mission is orphan prevention and family preservation through job creation.
Papillon also employees deportees that are struggling to create new lives for themselves. They are give a chance to 'start over' and this chance proves that a little help goes a long way.
Employees receive a living wage, usually 3X the minimum wage, plus medical and social benefits. They receive job skills training, language & literacy development, and computer & software training. Their work environment is creative and family friendly, including on-site child care.
Papillon's founder, Shelley Jean was featured in the Netflix documentary, Poverty Inc. This documentary shares the positive impact of Papillon's methodology and approach to economic and social reform in Haiti.