~I received samples from Simbi for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
No one can forget the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010, but many people do not realize the long term damage that it had wrought and how badly the circumstances are still. Haiti was already struggling with a weak health and economic situation before the quake and then it was hit with the worst cholera epidemic in recent history. Since 75% of households do not have running water, cannot afford the expensive filtration systems or haven’t the funds to purchase treated water, they use contaminated sources and as of right now, 1 in 20 Haitians are infected. The most important thing any of us can do for Haiti is to help by providing clean drinking water and it is because of this that Simbi Haiti was born.
In Haiti, Simbi is a water spirit that is called upon to facilitate solutions to problems and that is where the name had come from for this small company; not only for it’s mission to help with drinking water, but also because it offers sustainable jobs. Everything from conception, manufacturing and sales is done in Haiti; many of the designs hand-embroidered by centuries old techniques passed on through generations of Haitian women. Each item sold keeps Haitians employed and helps in the effort to bring clean water to Haiti in hopes of eradicating the cholera outbreak once and for all.
I received a Clay Bracelet for review in Distressed Aqua. Each clay bracelet is handmade, painted and manufactured in the mountains of Haiti. Mine had large 10mm clay beads with a large charm that said “Water”, but they come in many colors with different charm choices: Hope, Peace, Love, Water and H2O along with a tiny Simbi charm. It was beautiful, striking and extremely comfortable to wear. The band stretches so you don’t have to worry about whether it will fit your wrist.
There are also small beaded charm bracelets, tasseled and tassel painted bracelets as well. Since they are all handcrafted, none are alike; which makes each piece beautifully unique to the wearer.
They also have Twill bracelets in various styles that are available for men, teens and children as well. These are inspired by Haitian art and have snap closures with the Simbi logo stamp.
The Original Hair Bracelets are perfect for the summer and back-to-school! These are my absolute favorites. They’re soft, gentle and won’t break, rip or crease your hair when it is pulled back. They also come in various styles:
- Pop Culture
- Surf and Turf
- Individual Hand-made
I wear my hair back all day long, so there is always one in my hair, but if I let my hair down for awhile I use them as bracelets!
Simbi Haiti also provides clothing and headbands. The clothing styles are 100% Linen and feature a specific hand embroidered stitch called “Point de Jour” that has been passed down from 18th century France for generations among Haitian women.
All of their items are a labor of love for Haiti’s people and its culture. If none of the items fit your personal style, but you want to help such an amazing company, you can always Donate to help save and empower lives.