Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Story Behind the Artemis Necklace (Part 1 of Noonday Artisan Stories Series)

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I hope you've all entered the giveaway for the Artemis Necklace I'm hosting for the Noonday Blog train. If not, you can find the details HERE.

I thought you might all like to know a little more of the story behind the Artemis Necklace. Then I thought about how I never have time to tell ALL the stories behind our pieces at trunk shows. There are literally hundreds of stories. Then I thought, "why not do a series of blog posts highlighting some of my favorite artisan stories?" So here we go! I'm going to post a different story for several posts so you can see for yourself why I am so passionate about Noonday Collection

Let me introduce you to a very special man. His name is Renal and he is from Haiti. When Hurricane Sandy hit his community, his family lost their workshop that employed many Haitian artisans. They lost their jobs, but they didn't lose hope. 

 Noonday began partnering with Renal to help him build back his business. Because of Noonday's orders for the spring, Renal has been able to employ artisans again and he's bringing hope back to his community. 

In fact, our home office recently spoke with Renal and he told us his "Tap-Tap" (truck) had been broken down for a long time. Because of Noonday's spring purchases, he had enough income to repair his truck. He's been using it to transport children from his community to and from school each day so they can receive an education! The ripples of Noonday's purchases never cease to amaze me.

But it doesn't end there. One of Renal's artisans is a woman with two children who have Sickle Cell Anemia. Her children have accumulated medical bills and she couldn't pay the hospitals for their care. Because the income she's earned working with Renal, filling orders for Noonday, she has been able to not only pay off her medical debt, but she has enrolled both of her children in school full time!

So when you see Noonday's beautiful designs, please understand they're so much more than that. It's a the relief a mother feels when no longer has to worry if she can afford medical care for her chronically ill children. It's the peace of mind a shop owner has when he can pay his employees a fair wage and know that they are able to provide for their family's needs. It's the hope of a mother who can afford to send her children to school so they can grow up and have a chance to break the cycle of poverty and oppression. Each time you wear their stories, you are giving them a platform to be lifted out of poverty. You're giving them life. So please, spread the word. Share this post. Share Noonday with your friends, family, and co-workers. Wear Noonday and when someone compliments you on your gorgeous taste, tell them about the artisan that made your accessories and ask them to partner with us too!

Also, don't forget...enter the giveaway to win this necklace! It's so stinkin' fierce! I just love it.