In places like Haiti, the average worker only makes a mere $3/day to support a family of eight. A wage that makes it nearly impossible to afford the most basic needs. At Allmade, we believe in giving people a hand up, and that is why we have partnered with the Global Orphan Project to produce great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where Allmade shirts are produced, is among a number of ventures the GO Project has developed to create dignified work that keeps families together. They pay workers 3-4x the going rate for similar jobs in the area, an amount carefully calculated to meet the basic needs of a Haitian household.
In this blog, we want to introduce you to the Makers of the Allmade tees. This week you will get to know Renel Laurent.
Who is Renel Laurent?
“Big Ambitions” Renel entered a GO Project supported orphanage at the age of 15 after both of his parents passed away. In Haiti, orphanages can only care for kids up to the age of 18. When Renel reached 18, he enrolled at the Transition Academy, a two year program that prepares kids for life outside of the protected walls of an orphanage. After graduating from the Transition Academy, Renel joined LIFE, where he packages finished Allmade tees. The living wages he earns at LIFE allows him to be self-sufficient, rather than relying on his two uncles, which is the only family he has left. Renel is excited about his future. He aspires to start his own motorcycle rental business and open a barbershop. We believe Renel can accomplish anything he sets his mind to and we look forward to being able to support him on his way.
Who is Vania?
“Breaking the Cycle” Vania is 23 years old and the mother of Job, a three year old little boy. The pressures of poverty forced her to leave her parents home when she was a little girl as her parents could not longer afford to care for her. Through her pastor, she was able to find her way to the job training program called Pathways. Here she learned life skills including sewing. This new ability helped her to find a job at Allmade where she has now worked for a living wage for three years. She is now the main provider for her family and is working towards her goal of building a house and owning land. Her job has not only provided her a sustainable income, but has empowered her to break the cycle of broken families caused by poverty. She is paving the way for the next generation to not just survive, but thrive.
Who is Kerby Adrien?
“A new beginning” Adrien grew up in Port-au-Prince with her mother. Her single mother worked hard to provide to provide for her family by selling bath towels that she cut down to make into handkerchiefs. When Adrien was just 13 years old, her mother died from high blood pressure and she was sent to live with her aunt. After a few years, the lack of jobs and resources placed strain onto Adrien’s aunt and she was no longer able to care for Adrien. It was at this time that her pastor connected her to the Transition Academy where she learned to sew. She used these news skill to give back to others by working as a sewing instructor for three years. She is now working at Life S.A. where she makes a living wage to provide for her one and a half year old son, Kerwens.
Help Provide Living Wage Jobs
By purchasing Allmade tees, you can help us provide more living wage jobs in Haiti. As an added bonus, our tri-blends are environmentally friendly. They are made from recycled plastic, organic cotton, and modal.