Haitian artisans creating handmade jewelry and accessories to support their families
LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT US.
What began as a gathering of three mothers crafting together under a tent in the months following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, has now launched into the newest brand of faith-based, hand-crafted, Haitian made jewelry and accessories known as ila joi (pronounced "eela jwah" by our Creole speaking friends.) To us, the name ila joi means "From the island rejoicing." We are committed to empowering Haitians to realize their God-given talents in order to earn a sustainable income to provide for their families. Check out our Get Involved page to learn more about us, our partners and mission-based opportunities in Haiti.
EXPERIENCE WHAT MAKES ILA JOI UNIQUE.
Prayer and praise to The Lord is an integral part of the ila joi culture, becoming a unique difference in our products. Each piece made by an artisan is accompanied with a prayer for the eventual wearer. Each purchase is accompanied with an Artisan Card that tells you more about the artisan who created your purchase. We hope that by learning about the artisan and their family, hopes, and dreams, that you are inspired to pray for our artisans and that your ila joi purchase is more than just a fashion statement.
Our artisans are paid more than a fair wage & we use our profits to reinvest back into our women’s empowerment program (jewelry, sewing, microcredit, & training).
What does this mean? 55% of your purchase goes directly back to the artisan who made your product at the end of the month. 30% of your purchase goes to purchase more supplies. Finally, 15% of every purchase is set aside in a savings account for each artisan. At the end of the year we give them all of the money in their savings!
Love what we are about? join our movement.
You can become an ila joi representative and share our mission with those around you. Click here to learn more.