We love the cuddly soft new baby blankets from our partners, Haiti Babi. Haiti Babi hires moms in Haiti to knit and crochet high-quality artisan baby goods. A job empowers these moms to earn a living while caring for their families. Haiti Babi is about moms helping moms. By purchasing a Haiti Babi product you empower a mom in Haiti to care for her children and keep them out of orphanages.
We wanted to introduce you to one of their artisans, Hernise.
Hernise has worked with Haiti Babi for two and a half years. She is soft-spoken, kind, and has a beautiful, warm smile. Hernise is married and has three sons.
Before working for Haiti Babi Hernise had a very difficult life. She was forced to give her first child up for adoption because she and her husband could not afford to care for her. Hernise and her family were homeless as both she and her husband could not find work in Haiti's struggling economy. Haiti Babi hired Hernise in August 2012.
Hernise has blossomed in the last few years and everyday she grows more confident. After joining Haiti Babi, Hernise has been able to provide a stable home for her family. Having employment raised Hernise and her family’s status in their community enabling her husband to find a job as well. In June of last year, they welcomed a new baby boy named Frendly. Because of our maternity policy, Hernise was able to take a three-month, paid maternity leave. Now, Frendly comes to work with his mom everyday.
We love how Haiti Babi connect moms with moms. Check out our selection of Haiti Babi blanket and hat sets here for a perfect gift to welcome a new baby to the world.