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Elda Jean Marie Elda, the brand's very namesake. Nurturing, caring, with a heart big enough to love 30 orphaned children as her own. She has been sewing for most of her life, and has had a vision to see this workshop take root for over 30 years. Finally, the day has come. 

Elda Jean Marie

Elda, the brand's very namesake. Nurturing, caring, with a heart big enough to love 30 orphaned children as her own. She has been sewing for most of her life, and has had a vision to see this workshop take root for over 30 years. Finally, the day has come. 

Luxima Chardonia Chardonia, or Sabu as the ladies and kids call her, is also a chef in the orphanage. She works tirelessly cooking, cleaning, and caring for 30 of Haiti's brightest children. Her vibrance calms the soul. She has bad eyes, but you would never guess due to her astounding perseverance. This is her second year participating in the workshop.

Luxima Chardonia

Chardonia, or Sabu as the ladies and kids call her, is also a chef in the orphanage. She works tirelessly cooking, cleaning, and caring for 30 of Haiti's brightest children. Her vibrance calms the soul. She has bad eyes, but you would never guess due to her astounding perseverance. This is her second year participating in the workshop.

Gene St. Philomene Philomene takes pride in making her own clothes. In fact, she made the outfit she is wearing here! She embroiders beautiful mexican tablecloths in bright, brilliant colors. She loves her 4 children and clothes them in her original designs as well. She is feisty and strong-willed and just plain strong. 

Gene St. Philomene

Philomene takes pride in making her own clothes. In fact, she made the outfit she is wearing here! She embroiders beautiful mexican tablecloths in bright, brilliant colors. She loves her 4 children and clothes them in her original designs as well. She is feisty and strong-willed and just plain strong. 

Saintil Sandie Sandie is our only male tailor! He is a man of many talents: he has a degree, can cook, clean, and wash clothes, loves to sew, and he is a videographer and screenwriter! It's his dream to one day make movies. Learning a musical instrument is also on his bucket list.

Saintil Sandie

Sandie is our only male tailor! He is a man of many talents: he has a degree, can cook, clean, and wash clothes, loves to sew, and he is a videographer and screenwriter! It's his dream to one day make movies. Learning a musical instrument is also on his bucket list.

Charles Caminthe Caminthe has been sewing and crocheting for only 2 years, but you would never know from her attention to craftsmanship. She is a phenomenal baker and chef, and loves her 2 girls and 1 boy.

Charles Caminthe

Caminthe has been sewing and crocheting for only 2 years, but you would never know from her attention to craftsmanship. She is a phenomenal baker and chef, and loves her 2 girls and 1 boy.

Myrtel Myrlande Myrlande works with children for a living, in addition to selling the shoes and jewelry that she makes. She is also talented in embroidery, and is proud of the pieces she makes. She works with a quiet confidence that shines through in her work.

Myrtel Myrlande

Myrlande works with children for a living, in addition to selling the shoes and jewelry that she makes. She is also talented in embroidery, and is proud of the pieces she makes. She works with a quiet confidence that shines through in her work.

Dorcely Mirlande Mirlande is kind, leaks joy, and is the hardest worker. She is a mother through and through, mothering children at orphanages, and 7 of her own. She also comes from a big family and loves her sister Dieulirose. She loves sewing, floral design, and singing. We love her heart of gold and positivity. 

Dorcely Mirlande

Mirlande is kind, leaks joy, and is the hardest worker. She is a mother through and through, mothering children at orphanages, and 7 of her own. She also comes from a big family and loves her sister Dieulirose. She loves sewing, floral design, and singing. We love her heart of gold and positivity. 

Dorcely Dieulirose Dieulirose has a smile that could calm a hurricane. She loves to embroider and create beautiful floral arrangements. She has 15 years of sewing experience under her belt, and is one of Elda's most advanced sewers. Her sister Mirlande is also an Elda seamstress! They love to giggle together as they work, we think it helps them focus. 

Dorcely Dieulirose

Dieulirose has a smile that could calm a hurricane. She loves to embroider and create beautiful floral arrangements. She has 15 years of sewing experience under her belt, and is one of Elda's most advanced sewers. Her sister Mirlande is also an Elda seamstress! They love to giggle together as they work, we think it helps them focus. 

Pierre Monique Monique has been sewing for 22 years. When asked if she has any other talents, she blushes and says she is a modest woman. But we know that she succeeds at everything she puts her hand to. She has been friends with Elda for 8 years now, and loves living right across the street. She is an excellent mother to Laura and Sam and her 2 other girls. 

Pierre Monique

Monique has been sewing for 22 years. When asked if she has any other talents, she blushes and says she is a modest woman. But we know that she succeeds at everything she puts her hand to. She has been friends with Elda for 8 years now, and loves living right across the street. She is an excellent mother to Laura and Sam and her 2 other girls. 

Pierre Samara Laura Laura is an 8th grader and clarinet player. Her and her brother Sam love to come play with all the kids at the orphanage - they are the luckiest kids alive to live right next door to 30 of their closest friends! Her mother, Monique, participates in the workshop as well.

Pierre Samara Laura

Laura is an 8th grader and clarinet player. Her and her brother Sam love to come play with all the kids at the orphanage - they are the luckiest kids alive to live right next door to 30 of their closest friends! Her mother, Monique, participates in the workshop as well.

Mme. Theanal Patit Homme Theanal has been sewing for 7 years, everything from menswear to womenswear to children's. She also loves to bake and embroider. She has been married for 4 months. When asked if she has any marriage advice, she says to put God first, and to ask for His direction. This complete trust in her Father radiates in everything she does. 

Mme. Theanal Patit Homme

Theanal has been sewing for 7 years, everything from menswear to womenswear to children's. She also loves to bake and embroider. She has been married for 4 months. When asked if she has any marriage advice, she says to put God first, and to ask for His direction. This complete trust in her Father radiates in everything she does. 

Mme. Wislaine Douze Douze enjoys sewing on a loom and embroidering table cloths and linens. She loves her two boys, one 6 years old and one 6 months. When put behind a camera, she tries her very hardest not to smile, and we can't help but try not to smile back. 

Mme. Wislaine Douze

Douze enjoys sewing on a loom and embroidering table cloths and linens. She loves her two boys, one 6 years old and one 6 months. When put behind a camera, she tries her very hardest not to smile, and we can't help but try not to smile back. 

Mm. Andgelson Joseph Andgelson enjoys doing household chores and taking care of her 2 girls. She hopes to improve her sewing and loves coming to the workshop to do so. Her joy shines through in her work and her contagious smile. 

Mm. Andgelson Joseph

Andgelson enjoys doing household chores and taking care of her 2 girls. She hopes to improve her sewing and loves coming to the workshop to do so. Her joy shines through in her work and her contagious smile. 

Jonas Jonas is our trusty translator. None of what we do could be possible without him. Born in Haiti, he spent 5 years living in the Bahamas, where he picked up a killer accent and a laid-back outlook on life.   

Jonas

Jonas is our trusty translator. None of what we do could be possible without him. Born in Haiti, he spent 5 years living in the Bahamas, where he picked up a killer accent and a laid-back outlook on life. 

 

Amanda Ratkovich and Angeline Minnocci Amanda and Angeline are both Co-Founders of Shop Elda. Both graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Designers, and seamstresses themselves, Amanda and Angeline have spent the last three summers teaching the seamstress of Elda to sew. They work together to design the unique pieces the women of Haiti sew, although both would say they most enjoy getting to know the women and laughing alongside them as they all work together.

Amanda Ratkovich and Angeline Minnocci

Amanda and Angeline are both Co-Founders of Shop Elda. Both graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Designers, and seamstresses themselves, Amanda and Angeline have spent the last three summers teaching the seamstress of Elda to sew. They work together to design the unique pieces the women of Haiti sew, although both would say they most enjoy getting to know the women and laughing alongside them as they all work together.

Hannah Reed Head of Public Relations for Shop Elda, Hannah leads Vacation Bible School for the children of the Shop Elda seamstresses while the mothers participate in the sewing workshop. Hannah first fell in love with Haiti and its little ones three years ago, which resulted in the decision to pursue a career in art and teaching full time. Haiti's little ones sure do love her back, might we add. She is also the face behind all of the posts you see from Elda on your favorite social platforms!

Hannah Reed

Head of Public Relations for Shop Elda, Hannah leads Vacation Bible School for the children of the Shop Elda seamstresses while the mothers participate in the sewing workshop. Hannah first fell in love with Haiti and its little ones three years ago, which resulted in the decision to pursue a career in art and teaching full time. Haiti's little ones sure do love her back, might we add. She is also the face behind all of the posts you see from Elda on your favorite social platforms!