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Written by a dear friend of 2nd Story Goods, Daniel Jean Louis. We could not recommend this book more!

"Why do poor countries remain poor? Why, after receiving billions of dollars, do poor countries remain poor? Why are failing foreign aid models utilized over and over again? After the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, authors Daniel Jean-Louis and Jacqueline Klamer observed first-hand the negative consequences of donations provided with the sincerest of good intentions donations that ultimately undermined local industries and wiped out jobs. Based on primary research and in-depth case studies, and personal experience, From Aid to Trade offers practical, achievable solutions to help Haiti and other developing countries grow more viable economies by: building on innovative businesses and existing market-based systems equipping NGOs and governments to work with local businesses recognizing that growing out of poverty requires entrepreneurial solutions that drive self-sustainable economic growth Ambitious and optimistic, From Aid to Trade confronts the inadequacies of current foreign aid strategies and offers a clear means of economic and personal growth for individuals seeking a positive future for Haiti and other developing countries."

About the Partner & Their Impact:

Our Impact Partner, 2nd Story Goods understands how it feels to want to buy things that are good for the people who made them, the planet, and you. This is why they have been working on the ground with their artisans in Gonaives, Haiti for 10 years, creating recycled, handcrafted goods for a livable wage. Last year, their impact enabled over 108 children to stay in school, not because of hand-outs, but through the dignity of their parents’ work with 2nd Story Goods.

Empowerment Through Employment + Women Owned + Cultural Preservation

2nd Story Goods

Why do we partner with 2nd Story Goods?
2nd Story Goods was one of our first partners and one of our most popular. They believe in providing fair wages to the craftsmen and artisans who produce their beautiful goods. That's why 2nd Story Goods pays artisans on average 135% above minimum wage, upfront, for their work.
 
They also believe in embedding their company in the communities that produce their goods. That's why the Director of 2nd Story Goods, Kathy Brooks, lives full-time in Jubilee, Haiti. She works tirelessly to cultivate community with the local artisans with whom she works.
 
Check out their incredible goods below!