2016 was a tremendous year of growth for Vineworks and our partner ministries. We started the year sourcing all of our products from Haiti, and ended the year with partnerships in seven countries across four continents. What hasn't changed, however, is our commitment to give back at least 50% of all profits directly into the countries that we source fair trade goods from. The remaining profit is channeled back into Vineworks to open up new opportunities and promote fair trade purchases from around the globe.
When giving back we want to work with organizations that provide immediate relief to individuals in poverty stricken areas of the world along with long lasting changes to eliminate poverty. In October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew blew through Haiti wreaking havoc across the island. After this disaster we partnered with Feed My Starving Children and Samaritan's purse to provide temporary relief in the aftermath.
At Vineworks we want to be transparent about our give back model and what organizations we are supporting with your purchases. Our 2016 year end giving benefited the following charities:
- Brydges Center | Nairobi, Kenya
- Education and Job Training
- Heishma | Nairobi, Kenya
- Education and Medical for special needs kids
- Job creation for mothers of these children
- Much Ministries | Gonaïves, Haiti
- Job creation through fair trade marketplace facilities
- Healing Haiti | Titanyen, Haiti
- Job creation through Haitian bakery
- Singing Rooster | Haiti
- Replanting coffee bean crops damaged in Hurricane Matthew
- Feed My Starving Children | Haiti
- Disaster relief through feeding programs
- The Apparent Project | Port au Prince, Haiti
- Job and literacy training
- Medical support
- Affordable childcare
- Samaritan's Purse | Haiti
- Hurricane Matthew relief
- Kiva | Uganda, Peru and India
- Micro loans for new businesses
Through your continued purchases in 2017 we have plans to partner with additional charities and fair trade artisan groups with the end goal of providing well paying jobs in developing countries and reinvesting profits back into those nations.
The Vineworks Team
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