Michael Larson created Vineworks in 2013 after a mission’s trip to Haiti. Overwhelmed with encountering the plight of so many homeless, destitute people, he returned home with the resolve to take action. He began with the simple idea of hiring artisans in Haiti to create Christmas ornaments. Indigenous to the country where they were made, the ornaments were then sold in the US and 50% of the profit was sent back to the country to help support more working opportunities through small business loans, education, churches, and medical needs.
Today, Vinework’s mission has grown and expanded beyond Christmas ornaments. Today, we partner with a multitude of other fair trade companies providing a platform for their stories to be heard and their merchandise to be sold. We continue with the commitment of giving back 50% of the profit to the country where the product was produced. Our commitment to give back 50% is what sets us apart from other fair trade, e-commerce companies.
The name Vineworks comes from the idea represented in John 15:5.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
The reminder in this verse is to remain connected to the Vine who is the giver and sustainer of life.
The idea for our company is connection. Vineworks grows as we put more people to work. Like a strong vine, we are connecting people and products, providing jobs and supporting ministries.