A safe, supportive work environment. A living wage. A chance to express your creativity and explore new talents. In some places, like Haiti, it is all too rare - especially for women. But with a job, one woman can do so much: feed and shelter her parents, siblings, uncles & aunts, send her children to school, and help rebuild her community.
Through PeaceQuilts, nearly 100 women in 6 cooperatives across central and southern Haiti are learning and applying new skills to make beautiful quilts and other household items. They are building their own businesses to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
... and you can help.
"GIFT" or GIVE
Shop the online store for unique "gifts from the heart" featuring the women's handiwork - including throw quilts, bags, jewelry, metalwork and more!
Donate to PeaceQuilts to ensure the women have the tools they need -- critical supplies such as fabric, scissors, charcoal irons, sewing machines, work tables and lockers.
Donations may be made in someone else's honor or memory.
EVERY BIT HELPS
PeaceQuilts is helping these women not just survive, but thrive.
A donation to PeaceQuilts helps ensure the women have the tools, equipment and other necessaries they need to earn a living wage and support their families -- here are some examples of critical supplies that are needed to move forward, especially for the newer cooperatives:
$25 can buy professional grade scissors, a charcoal iron or other basic tools
$50 covers the cost of a cutting mat and rotary cutter
$100 provides a year of charcoal for one cooperative group
$250 can purchase a sewing machine (We are especially in need of these at this time.)
$500 allows a Haitian carpenter to construct a large professional worktable or storage cabinets.Remember, your gift of any size will make a difference in the lives of these quilters and is fully tax-deductible. AND for a limited time your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!
Founding members of PeaceQuilts - Nadege, Denise, Ermilliennne, Noemie, Fabiola, and Marielle - are shown here with PQ Quilting Coordinator, Maureen Matthews McClintock (third from left) and PQ Executive Director, Jeanne Staples (far right). (photo credit: David Barreda)
click here to see other ways you can get involved and make a difference in someone's life.
Watch the interview of PeaceQuilts' Executive Director, Jeanne Staples, broadcast on WCVB-TV Boston. Reporter Susan Wornick visits her on Martha's Vineyard and Jeanne shares the PeaceQuilts story.