“The Comfort of Receiving Goodies from a Haitian Mother” by Shaina Louis, Manman Kiskeya
Shaina is an intelligent young woman who has a natural entrepreneurial spirit. Shaina reached out to me on Instagram inquiring about some of our digital products. Since then, we've kept in touch on socials and I just had to share one of her projects here with you!
If you're like Shaina, the comfort of Manman is everything, especially when it comes to Haitian food. When she was away at college, she was feeling home sick and came up with the idea to create these boxes full of Haitian goodies and products that bring back a sense of nostalgia. You can read her full story and see what else she has for sale on her site.
Our box by Manman Kiskeya included:
Thank you Shaina for the box that you sent to us! My husband and I had a great time hanging out eating the Haitian snacks while I listened to childhood stories he told.
Since we have little ones now, I've done something I never thought I'd do - I converted our dining room (which we actually used) to a playroom! Crazy, I know. I am an interior design wannabe with a wannabe minor in decorating.
Our home is full of Haitian art in all different forms like paintings, sculptures, statues, papier mache, woven materials and mosaics. Since I had so much of the Haitian decor already, I figured why not create a Haiti inspired playroom!
First thing first, I had my husband raise the gigantic chandelier so adults would stop bumping their heads on it. Some of the Haitian paintings were already hung so that made the wall decor easy. Check out our unique Haitian paintings for sale here.
These paintings were done by my husband's cousin in Haiti. The one in the green frame was painted on a burlap sak and glued to a hard cardboard material. The frame is actually one that I found in the garbage! It was originally gold and had an ugly horse painting in it. Thankfully the Haitian painting was the exact same size! (fun fact - I love repurposing things and thrifting...it's one of my favorite things to do!)
If you're tired of stepping on legos and tripping over trucks, try dedicating a corner (or a room if you have the space) for the toys to make a playroom or play area. It's nice to have the toys in one area so that we could have our living room back. I have a playroom board on Pinterest where I got my inspiration! Check it out here.
Other Fun Haiti Inspired Things in Our Playroom
Add this short story book to your collection! It was written and designed by me :)
Mermaid Violette is madly in love. Her friends -- a crab, fish, dolphin, jellyfish and shrimp, all wonder who Violette loves so much and can't live without. Read the book to find out who the lucky one is!
The story is written in English. Bonus pages of sea creatures in English and Haitian Creole!
Add these customizable wall art prints to your little one's room or playroom! Designed by me :)
I plan to do more blogs about Haiti inspired rooms and home decor so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! We are offering a 20% discount on any purchase made at our Etsy shop! Don't worry, if you're not an Etsy member (and/or don't want to become one), you can check out as a guest without joining.
Browse our jewelry, Haitian paintings, home decor and more! Enter code THANKS when checking out to apply the 20% off coupon. Most of our items ship for FREE! Sale ends midnight 11/24/17.
Thank you for your support always!
Have you ever considered investing in a foreign country? If you have, did Haiti ever come to mind? Chances are the negative image that the (amazing) island has, may have convinced you to stay away. It's not exactly the first place that comes to mind when thinking of opening up a manufacturing operation.
Haiti? Why not?
So, why invest in Haiti?
As mentioned in the video, Haiti is a virgin country! People are looking for work, they are available and they are willing to do it, with low turnover rates. Sound like a dream? Well, more and more companies are moving into Haiti because of the work ethic of the people, the cost of doing business and a big bonus - fiscal advantages, including tax incentives! It's also a central location, close to so many place, perfect for exporting.
What types of industries are possible for investing in Haiti?
Even Coca Cola is in Haiti now! Do you know of any other companies who have been in Haiti or recently invested in it?
If you are interested in business opportunities in Haiti, visit CFI Haiti, the maker of this informative video.