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The Good Threads Difference

Crafting the finest needlepoint belts available, Good Threads is a true social business. Founded to employ mothers of the Joan Rose Foundation (JRF), Good Threads offers a means for Haitians to provide for their families through secure employment. Good Threads also gives back to the JRF, funding two weeks of food to a JRF child for every belt sold. Good Threads works in tandem with the Joan Rose Foundation to develop our community and afford Haitian children with the chance to succeed in life.

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The Good Threads Difference

Here are a few bios of our stitchers and their families which demonstrate the difference we are making
for the  lives of our Haitian community.
 

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Here are some facts and common questions we get about our workforce and conditions:

  • 67% of Haitians lack formal employment
  • 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. Our stitchers make three to seven times the average Haitian salary.
  • The majority our stitchers have children at the Joan Rose Foundation (JRF).
  • All of the parents in the JRF Community are employed by Good Threads.

How are the working conditions for employees of Good Threads?

All of our Good Threads employees work from their homes. We pay a set price for a finished piece of stitching instead of an hourly wage. This allows our employees to take care of their children and household while they work at their own pace.

Does Good Threads offer any 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.

Our Story

Good Threads was created to help the families of the Joan Rose Foundation (JRF) by providing stable employment for mothers through the manufacturing of needlepoint belts. It was founded by David Palmer and his brother, Tim Palmer, in the winter of 2013.

Our goal from day one has been to provide a great needlepoint product and to help those in the JRF community. Good Threads now employs all of the parents at the JRF and local Haitians and is one of the JRF’s top donors.

The Joan Rose Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit institution whose goal is to provide impoverished children with the chance to succeed in life. The JRF has over 82 children in the foundation.  The JRF provides these children with lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat, as well as math, literacy, French and English Class, and other activities designed to promote emotional growth and development. The JRF also funds the children’s tuition at one of the best private schools in Jacmel, and provides for health and legal expenses when necessary.

Our Belts

Our belts are all hand stitched using different cross stitch techniques.

Our Leather

For our end straps we use full grain leather of the highest quality. This leather has a great feel and look and lasts a lifetime.

The Making of a Needlepoint Belt

Step 1

Our stitchers receive a picture with the stitches in each design on the belt mapped out. Through counting stitches many of our employees can make complicated designs.

Step 2

The stitcher stitches an entire piece of stitching. the background of a belt that has already had designs stitched on it or just designs, depending on their skill level.

Step 3

Once the background is finished, we attach the finished piece of stitching to a leather strap. We then send that leather backed piece of stitching to Port Au Prince Haiti to have the tongue and buckle attached.

Step 4

A company in Port Au Prince finishes our leather backed pieces of stitching into belts. At this point our beautiful, hand-crafted needlepoint belt is ready to be sent to the customer.

Words From Our Founder

“We love our people. It started with their children but has grown to encompass the parents as well. Our kids are tough, savvy, light-hearted, creative and bound for big things. Our employees/mothers are tough and resilient in a way that can only be achieved through a life of hardship. They are as hard working a people as you will find and are dying for a chance to work hard to provide a brighter future for their children.
We have been working with many of these women and families on a daily basis since October 2010. I met most of them when they had nothing, when their children slept on the floor and regularly went days without eating; when they lived in a manner that fundamentally lacked dignity. Since starting Good Threads, we have seen their children, households and psyches improve. We have helped them buy beds for their kids, helped them buy kitchen supplies, furniture and overall given them the opportunity to provide their family with a comfortable and dignified life.

I have eaten in their homes, taken care of and grown to love their children, walked two of them down the aisle, and grieved with two others who had children taken too soon. In short, I have known them and been there for them. These women have helped me as much as I’ve helped them, and I take my role in their lives extremely seriously.

When it became clear that there was no hope for a better tomorrow in the Dominican Republic, our community put their trust and lives in our hands. None had ever visited Jacmel, Haiti, but they trusted us enough to pack all of their things up and move to this unknown place, most without a dollar to their name. They did this because we promised them that we would help them to create a better life. Not a life without tragedy or hardship, but a life that would provide them with the chance to work and take care of their families and provide their children the chance to succeed. I made this promise to our people, and I take it incredibly seriously. Good Threads and the JRF work everyday to keep this promise and bring employment opportunities to more lower class Haitians..”

David Palmer
JRF & Good Threads Founder

Good
Threads

Crafting the finest needlepoint belts available, Good Threads is a true social business. Founded to employ mothers of the Joan Rose Foundation (JRF), Good Threads offers a means for Haitians to provide for their families through secure employment. Good Threads also gives back to the JRF, funding two weeks of food to a JRF child for every belt sold. Good Threads works in tandem with the Joan Rose Foundation to develop our community and afford Haitian children with the chance to succeed in life.

Joan Rose Foundation

The Joan Rose Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit organization located in Jacmel, Haiti with a modest goal: to improve the lives of vulnerable Haitian children and their families. The JRF provides over 85 children with the opportunity to succeed through food, tuition, tutoring, medical and legal assistance, and activities designed to promote growth and independence. Good Threads provides JRF families and others with financial stability through secure employment and opportunity.

2010

David Palmer founded the Joan Rose Foundation in Esperanza, Dominican Republic. The JRF opens its doors with 43 children in October, 2010. By December, 2010, the JRF has over 65 children enrolled at the Foundation.  The demographics of the children are comprised of approximately 50% Haitian and 50% Dominican.

2011

The JRF grows from 65 children to 100 children.  The importance of consistent, secure employment for the JRF parents and the direct correlation this would have on the stability of the children's lives becomes apparent. Catherine Serrano, future director of the JRF, visits the foundation and falls in love with the work and kids.

2012

The JRF grows to 120 children. David learns about needlepoint belts and just how long they take to make. David begins researching how one makes a needlepoint belt and where to source materials in the Dominican Republic. By December, Good Threads has its first prototypes.

2013

David and his brother, co-founder Tim Palmer, launch the first Good Threads website and begin needlepoint belt sales in March, 2013. Good Threads makes great progress growing its work force and refining the needlepoint products. Good Threads employs 15 mothers by the end of the year.

2014

Good Threads more than doubles its revenue from the previous year. By the end of 2014, Good Threads employs over 30 stitchers. In the fall, David's brother Tim leaves Good Threads to follow in his brother’s footsteps and joins the U.S. Military.

2015

Due to discrimination in the Dominican Republic, the Joan Rose Foundation, Good Threads, and their 23 core families move from Esperanza, Dominican Republic to Jacmel, Haiti. The JRF builds 12 buildings encompassing 27 housing units. This move to safety is made possible by Good Threads' ability to employ the JRF parents as Haiti has few jobs.

2016

Christopher Ross joins the Good Threads team as the Director of Sales. Good Threads moves its finishing process from Eliza B to Haiti Leather. The company's outlook is excellent and Good Threads now has over 70 full-time employees, including all of the parents of children at the Joan Rose Foundation.

The Future

Good Threads hopes to employ 200 people by the end of 2017, making us the single biggest employer in Southern Haiti. We look forward to creating new needlepoint products, adding to our catalog, and continuing to grow. Good Threads will continue to provide excellent employment for impoverished Haitians, feed children at the JRF, and provide our customers with the best needlepoint products available.

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