Meet Lazarus Artisan Goods: Creating Sustainable Employment in Honduras & Haiti
Lazarus Artisan Goods is a social enterprise working in Honduras and Haiti to ignite generational change with employment and vocational training alongside their non-profit Mission Lazarus. Lazarus Artisan Goods program trains and equips young men and women in a trade, increasing their eligibility for employment and heightening their potential development, an impact beyond the individual to that family, community and the country as a whole. Through out this process Lazarus Artisan Goods focuses on the growth of the whole individual, not just simply providing jobs. Through their non-profit, Mission Lazarus, community members are able to focus on education, medical, and agriculture in Honduras and Haiti.
Mission Lazarus has schools in Honduras and Haiti. The schools offer a unique opportunity of academic and vocational programs through their social enterprise Lazarus Artisan Goods. Culturally there have been barriers for families to access education. Due to the high rate of poverty, trade skills are typically valued over education which leads families to encourage their children to work to stay afloat financially. This can lead to child labor and a lack of education in the community. However, Mission Lazarus is defying the odds by providing stipends for children and teens attending their school. This provides incentive for families to send their kids to school knowing kids will receive an education and learn a trade. When kids graduate from Mission Lazarus’ school they receive a certification in a trade and a 9th grade education, which is three more years than the government provides. SO AWESOME! Mission Lazarus also extends their impact to health education, agriculture, and so much more encouraging the development of these communities.
With conscious consumerism I think it is so important to invest in quality goods that last. Lazarus Artisan Goods are incredibly high quality. I have had my Ana Julia Tote for about 3 years now and it is still in mint condition. Their unique shades of leather are the perfect fall style to add to your closet! I also love that Lazarus Artisan Goods carries leather goods for men too! Ethical products for men can be so tricky to find, but thankfully they have a wide variety....maybe some good Christmas gift ideas! ;)
I'm truly impressed with the work Lazarus Artisan Goods continues to do. I encourage you to check out their products here.