MICHEL - ANGE
Michel Ange is an inspiration to this company everyday. She is the reason we exist! In the 2010 earthquake, Michel Ange lost everything -- her home, a huge chunk of her friends and family, the father of her son, and most of her belongings. She lived in a tent for three years, cared for her son, Dawins (with autism), patiently looked for work, and invested every dime she made on his education. When she initially asked for work, she wanted to wash clothes for us once a week and make roughly $80 per month. We didn’t have any clothes that needed to be washed but certainly had work. After just three months of making jewelry she started making around $1,000 per month and had money to invest in land. She built two beautiful homes overlooking the Port au Prince bay, one for herself and the other for her dear friend who was also living in a tent and couldn’t afford to build her own home. She has started a few of her own companies and is the most financially stable of all the artisans.
“The biggest reason why I began making jewels was to support my son, Dawins. He is the love of my life and my greatest duty in life is to be an excellent mother to my children. I haven’t had an opportunity to meet all of the people who buy our designs, but I want to personally thank them for supporting the future of my family and my country.”
MICHEL ANGE'S WORK
Majok (all natural Haitian seeds) and light blue turquoise beads woven between two strips of hand-cut dark brown Haitian cowhide and fastened with an aluminum button.
Ivory-colored wood bead bracelet accented with mosaic turquoise beads. Each bead is intricately woven between strips of chocolate brown hand cut Haitian leather.