2012 FINALIST

Nora David - Collections Xaragua

Finalist of the The Most Socially Responsible Handbag



Haiti



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2012 Finalist Nora David Collections Xaragua

Nora David FINALIST'S PROFILE

What country are your bags manufactured?
Haiti

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
A year after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, I realized that not much was being done. I decided to act on a personal basis and created Collections Xaragua, a brand of handbags with an original style and a typical Haitian authenticity. With this company I want to create jobs for the talented Haitian craftsmen and craftswomen and want to change the image of Haiti, in the eyes of foreigners. I also believe in education, therefore the kids of all my employees are sent to school (at a later time, I will put together a foundation to help kids, to send them to school and to give them all the support they need to stay in school); I also chose to outsource the weaving of the straw, in order to encourage entrepreneurship within the Haitians. By outsourcing some activities, I can help others put together their own workshops. All our bags have their lining made from a fabric that plays a big part in Haitian history, siam which encourages the Haitian economy since the fabrics are purchased from local suppliers in Haiti.

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?
I work with artisans from the South of Haiti, where the straw originates.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back? I live here it is where I belong, the poverty ....the violence
I chose Haiti because I am Haitian. I received the best education, but outside of my country. Today I am aware of my rich background and culture and it hurts me to see that the media only speaks negatively of Haiti. Today I feel it is my duty to give back to my country. If my people get the education they deserve, Haiti will be not only "The Pearl of the Antilles" but "The Pearl of the World". We have so much to offer and I want to be one Haitian showing to the world what we have to offer.

How have your bags impacted this community?
The company being new, the impact is on a small level. The children of my employees are sent to school, the artisans weaving the straw are starting to open their own workshops, and the Haitian community responds positively to a Haitian brand.

What country are your bags manufactured?

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?

Do you work with local/native artisans to design your bags?

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?

How have your bags impacted this community?

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