It was a hot day in August. Actually, everyday in Haiti could be considered unusually hot, but I do remember this one specifically. I was in my office when I received a phone call from my friend Joe Knitting CEO of The Global Orphan Project. He had someone he wanted me to meet. I left my office and walked across the dusty gravel road to find what would become my new friend, Ryan Moor. I gave him a tour of Papillon, a social business employing more than 300 people. We landed in a small basement room where I had just launched a screen printing project. It was here that I realized that I had already “met” Ryan. He was actually the person who taught me how to screen print while I sat world’s apart through his infamous YouTube videos Screen Printing 101. The next few hours we sat together to discuss the future of Haiti, social business, and what empowerment really looks like.
Through these conversations I learned about the reason the Moor family was in Haiti. It was to begin the life-changing initiative of Allmade. Over the course of the next two years I had the privilege of meeting the entire Allmade family during their trips to Haiti. They are a group of people unlike any other. Their vibrant energy is the type you can only find with creative entrepreneurs. They light up the room when they walk in, and you know something amazing is about to happen.
These relationships grew Allmade a special place in my heart. I have been able to see first-hand what this company does for people. Not only are they creating ethical jobs around the world, but they are also pioneering the way when it comes to the garment manufacturing industry as a whole. They are committed to ensuring each shirt is made in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. This is setting the new standard in the industry that most of us think of as the water polluting, sweatshop industry.
Today Allmade has grown into a sustainable company helping to create over 50 living wage jobs. It is a true honor to know them, support them, and work along side them establishing a movement of finding a way to make it better.
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