Thanks Party Hosts!
Our first wave of GO Jammies in-home parties is in full swing. Party hosts, you’re blowing us away! And more and more of you are signing up!
I just got back from Haiti last night. While there, I visited the sewing boutique. I’ve returned with a heartwarming story about your partners in this venture, the faithful Haitian women in the boutique who are making the jammies that you’re selling. Our friend Paula Coles, the gifted woman who runs the boutique, shared the details…
We ordered 5,000 pair of GO Jammies to turn over to you to sell. 28 workers enjoyed living wage work through this first order. When we paid for the jammies, our payment included an extra bonus for the workers. Well, the timing couldn’t have been better.
October marks the beginning of a new school year in Haiti. This is the time where families scramble and scrape for money to pay school fees. This is the time where petty crime spikes in Haiti, for the same reason. It’s common for kids to start school months late, or miss school entirely, because their families cannot afford the costs to get their kids started. In Paula’s boutique, the workers are paid well. That helps. Still, they didn’t expect what was about to happen last week…
Paula called a meeting for all 28. And she informed them that with the excellent work they’d done with the GO Jammies order, they’re ALL receiving a bonus. One by one, she called each of these wonderful workers forward to receive a check large enough to pay for one of their children’s schooling, FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR! That this didn’t come as a free handout, but as a reward for their excellent work, infuses a dignity into these beautiful souls that you cannot fathom.
I told Paula all about you, the party hosts. About your passion and creativity; about all of the excitement, and the parties, and the activity. She reacted with the same amazement as I did when I heard about the impact on the 28 workers. All involved – party hosts, buyers, tailors – are blessing each other and a LOT of kids.
I’m telling you, what’s happening is unheard of in Haiti; unheard of in the apparel industry. A gifted man who helps us with all of the Haiti side logistics was listening to this back and forth between me and Paula. This man’s an expert in the apparel industry in Haiti. After seeing Paula’s meeting with the workers, and now hearing about what you all are doing in the U.S., he said this: “In 30 years in Haiti, I’ve never experienced anything like this.”
I’m attaching some pics of Paula and the workers in the boutique (aka, your partners).
You’re starting something amazing. Keep it up!