Introducing the Love-Haiti sandals handcrafted in Haiti to support the local community.
On a recent trip to Haiti, a country we’ve been committed to rebuilding since the catastrophic earthquake 5 years ago, Kenneth visited the Deux Mains sandal workshop — a grassroots social enterprise that uses upcycled tires and locally sourced leathers to make one-of-a-kind sandals. In collaboration with their shoemakers, Kenneth designed “The Love-Haiti Sandals” to support the local community: the more sandals we sell, the more jobs we create, the more lives we change. Click below to shop the collection and scroll down to see exclusive photos of Kenneth at work in the Deux Mains workshop.
SHOP THE LOVE-HAITI SANDAL COLLECTION
MEET THE SHOE MAKERS:
JEAN ROBERT PLUVIOSE
DEUX MAINS PRODUCTION AND DESIGN MANAGER
Jean Robert was studying computer science at a local university while working at his neighborhood computer store when the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. It collapsed the store, taking his livelihood. In the years following, Jean Robert found short-term, inconsistent and low-paying jobs and long periods of unemployment until he appeared at the Deux Main workshop in 2011. Within one week he was hired as a full-time artisan. Now Jean Robert is our Production and Design Manager, and works with the artisans on quality control, skills training, creating new designs, as well as, managing incoming orders. Jean Robert’s salary at Deux Mains has allowed him to take on the construction of a new house and schooling for a young relative and his own higher education.
DEUX MAINS WORKSHOP SUPERVISOR
Before the earthquake, Jolina worked as a shop-owner, selling cosmetics, soaps and cooking supplies in a corner bodega. In the midst of the confusion and chaos of post-earthquake Port-au-Prince, Jolina, who lost her shop and income, began volunteering at a local orphanage where she met REBUILD founder Julie Colombino. Jolina soon became a part of REBUILD and worked with Julie to begin the sandal-making business becoming Deux Mains first employee. Her paycheck has enabled her to buy her own land, build a home, and pay for her two daughters’ school fees. She has also received managerial training and business education.
DEUX MAINS ARTISAN
Yvette once owned her own shop selling rice, beans and cooking ingredients that combined with her husband’s salary supported her family. After the earthquake, Yvette’s shop and home completely collapsed and she was forced to live in a tent and began searching for work. In her search, she met Jolina while volunteering. Yvette was soon hired as Deux Mains first artisan. Since being employed, Yvette’s situation has completely changed– she now rents her own home and pays for her children to continue their education. Yvette is interested in sales, and wants to begin training and working towards a sales position while continuing her artisan work. Meet all the artisans and learn more about how Deux Mains is changing their lives at deuxmains.com.
Meet all the artisans and learn more about how Deux Mains is changing their lives at deuxmains.com.