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A look inside the working conditions at Good Threads in Jacmel, Haiti

In the poorest country in the West,

Hatians born in poverty live, work, and die without a single opportunity to prosper.

Without free public schools, children work to survive, and often fall victim to exploitation.

Good Threads fills a very important gap to help it all come together:

creating income for their households.

Every needlepoint belt, dog collar and keychain is hand-stitched

by a Haitian head-of-household figure (usually the mother)

who are paid up to 5x the average wage in Haiti for their work.

Ketline, a stitcher for Good Threads, standing with her two boys on the foundation of the new house she is building. Their old house, the small tin structure pictured behind them, housed seven people. Read Ketline’s story

Good Threads Impact: Facilien and Magali

Good Threads Impact is a feature of this blog that focuses on the impact Good Threads is having in the lives of our employees. For this feature we ask each stitcher five simple questions. Enjoy! Name: Facilien Hometown: Limbé, Nord (Northern Haiti) Position with Good...

Good Threads Impact: Jeanline

Good Threads Impact is a feature of this blog that focuses on the impact Good Threads is having in the lives of our employees. For this feature we ask each stitcher five simple questions. Enjoy! Name: Jeanline Hometown: Cap-Haitien, Nord (Northern Haiti) Position with...

Good Threads Impact: Miliana & Mison

Good Threads Impact is a feature of this blog that focuses on the impact Good Threads is having in the lives of our employees. For this feature we ask each stitcher five simple questions. Enjoy!        Name: Miliana Hometown: Sainte-Suzanne, Nord-Est (Northeastern...

Ketline, a stitcher at Good Threads, standing with her two boys on the foundation of the new house she is building.

Using pearl cotton thread and 18-count mono canvas, employees spend up to 40 hours stiching each belt by hand. After being inspected by David Palmer himself, the canvas is then attached to full-grain leather and fashioned with a solid brass buckle .

What's the Joan Rose Foundation?

The Joan Rose Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide impoverished children with the chance to succeed in life.

There are over 80 children in the foundation, where they are provided nutrition, education and more:

  • Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat
  • Classes in math, literacy, French and English
  • Activities designed to promote emotional growth and development
  • Private school tuition assistance (100%)
  • Healthcare and legal expenses when necessary
How do you help the parents of the JRF?
All of the parents in the JRF Community are employed by Good Threads.
Working Conditions
  • All of our employees work from their homes.
  • We pay our employees a set price for a finished piece, instead of an hourly wage; this allows our employees to take care of their children and household while they work at their own pace.
Benefits
  • Good Threads provides financial assistance for our employees’ emergency medical bills and other medical expenses.
  • The Joan Rose Foundation provides funding for all of its children’s significant medical bills.
Earnings
  • Our average stitcher earns the equivalent of a mid-level school teacher in Haiti.
  • Our most skilled and hard-working stitchers make more than a high-end teacher.
  • Overall, Good Threads employees earn two-to-five times the average Haitian salary.

every purchase makes a difference

We donate 5% of of our revenue toward food for the Joan Rose Foundation, which translates to fifteen hot meals for every needlepoint belt, eight for every dog collar, and three for every keychain.

Meals for every belt sold

Meals for every dog collar sold

Meals for every keychain sold

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