Pastor's wife. Daughter of the King. Understanding eyes. Sleepy smile. Nurturing, gentle in spirit, lover of laughter. Starts working before the sun comes up, and doesn't stop until after the sun goes down. Mother to 27 motherless children, and 3 of her own. A chef, a nurse, a servant's heart, an encourager, and a seamstress.
Three decades ago, Elda and her husband Maula had a dream to launch a sewing workshop for the women of Gonaives, Haiti. Through this workshop, these women would be able to sell what they make in order to provide for their families and send their children to school. A pregnant Elda would walk 2 hours each day, each way in the grueling Haitian heat to teach the class.
After a while, women lost motivation. Elda lost the baby growing inside of her.
Three decades later, in 2013, Angeline traveled to Haiti on a missions trip. Recently graduated with a degree in fashion design, Angeline learned of this dream of Elda's. She realized, with the help of her friend and fellow designer Amanda, the two of them could partner with Elda to make this grand idea a reality.
This is that reality. This is Elda.
Elda was born from a dream 30 years in the making, and today employs 37 individuals. And counting.
Every garment is hand sewn by hardworking men and women in the small community of Gonaives, Haiti. Through the selling of these garments, these individuals are able to provide for their families. Each piece is made by willing hands and humble spirits.
The funds we make go right back to Haiti in the form of salaries for the tailors, supplies for the workshop, and meals for the children of the Good Samaritan Orphanage.
Click here to learn more about the orphanage and it's life-changing feeding program, The Rosemila Project.
"Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime."
Photos and video courtesy of Lindsey Marie Photography