- Haiti is known as the "poorest country in the Western Hemisphere" because nearly 2/3 of the entire population lives on less than $2 per day
- 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty
- 100,000 children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition
- 1/3 of all children are irreversibly stunted due to chronic malnutrition
HALF UNITED in Haiti
Determined to help prevent child relinquishment in Haiti, "Papillion Enterprise" was founded in 2008 to give parents the chance to earn an income and enable them to care for their children. In Haiti, as in so many other developing countries, parents are often forced to give up their children to orphanages as they are unable to afford to raise and care for themselves. Over the past five years, Papillion has grown to a successful small business with almost 200 artisans on payroll working in a variety of creative art forms. HALF UNITED began working with Papillion in early 2015 after our founders visited this part of the world to understand the needs of the Haitian people. Today, any time you purchase a beaded item from HALF UNITED, you have personally supported the livelihood and well-being of an artisan and their family, in Haiti. Each beaded item created by men and women at Papillaion is hand-signed and unique. We are very proud of this new advancement in the way we help those in need. We believe that job creation is a sustainable and lasting way to fight hunger for parents and children.