More Than Just A Cafe

It all started with a smoothie. In April 2013, Papillon opened its doors to a new market - unaware of the success it would see in the future, unaware of the customers who would help sustain more jobs and unaware of a business that had just begun to take root. The Cafe...

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A Silent Epidemic

*These stories do not necessarily reflect Papillon’s artisans but are a reflection of a very present national epidemic in Haiti. Names have been omitted for their protection. He reflects on his past and the moments in his life worth remembering, the moments that stand...

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Darline: Beating the Odds

She giggles as she leans in and whispers to me, I want to get married some day. I smile at her, reassuring her her dream of marriage is sacred. I want a good man, someone respectful, faithful and kind, she explains, dwelling on the qualities, valid qualities, she...

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The Roads Well Traveled

Everything in Haiti is a feat. A simple trip to the grocery store to buy a couple of food items can often feel like a major accomplishment. What did you do today? It’s a weighty question, indeed, but the response often sounds much less impressive than its reality...

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Silyanis: Fighting for Tomorrow

I like the way they teach us how to communicate, how to treat other people, she says, reflecting on the benefits of her participation in the literacy program she attends twice a week after work. Silyanis is one of many in the class hosted by PRODEV,...

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Dede: A Balance of Wit and Grace

She snickers, under her breath, mumbling words in Creole. The surrounding women laugh at the joke she’s just made. They lean back, clenching their stomachs, clapping their hands, cackling during this moment of comic relief in an otherwise chaotic life. But...

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How Babies Are Made

Contraceptives in Haiti. It’s as controversial of a topic on this small Caribbean island as politics is in America. Questions are posed, assumptions are made and opinions are formulated, often not without reason, but usually as a result of misinformation. It begins...

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A Success Story

Josh Shipp recently said, “every child needs just one stable adult to become a success story.’’ Isn’t this the truth? Hasn’t it always been the truth? As foreigners, it’s easy to assume implementing Westernized ideologies into the Haitian culture is the best solution...

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Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day - a celebration of the man whose strength upholds his household, whose perseverance empowers his children, whose faithfulness encourages his peers and whose love unites his family. A father’s role is precious in the life of his child, regardless of race...

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Beauty in the Brokenness

She quietly slides into the backseat of the car. At first glance, her face is soft and gentle, yet worn with years of hard life, her eyes tired from the pain she has seen and from the difficulty she has felt. Her dark, black hair is sprinkled with grey despite the...

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All because it’s worth it

  There is a misconception that orphanages, no longer existent in developed countries, are a good alternative to childcare in impoverished and underdeveloped nations. There is a misconception that mothers and fathers give their children up out of a lack of love...

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For whatever a woman (or man) sows….

The law of sowing and reaping is universal. It is for me one of those threads that goes through all cultures and religions in a way that shows me that God obviously thought it was important enough to tell it in every format possible. A Japanese proverb says, “A seed...

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Seven years

I feel like I have told the story so many times. The day that started like any other day. How we went to the store and bought flour and bananas and spent the day making tortillas. How later that afternoon, the very same grocery store that I bought the flour in came...

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Papillon Marketplace

On November 14th, we spread our wings and opened a store in downtown Olympia. We recruited employees who were specifically drawn to the mission of orphan prevention and because of their passion, have been amazing additions to the team and have quickly become friends...

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New branches shooting up.. Papillon Marketplace

The last I wrote I was talking about all of the changes that were ahead of me. This is a brief updated to let you know that WE DID IT! We opened a store in Olympia Washington on November 14, 2016: the first of many as we want to bring the amazing work our artisans do...

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Changing of the seasons… A new chapter for my family!

The last eight years have been epic. So much work has been accomlished. When I came to Haiti, I had a dream of helping a few mothers be able to earn enough of an income to keep their children. Eight years later and more has been accomplished than I ever could have...

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After the Hurricane

Another tragedy. Blow after blow Haiti takes another hit. The stories never end. We hear the big ones, but there are so many unfathomable daily tragedies that go unnoticed. My eight years in Haiti has made my heart so fragile. Every day I hear of a tragedy that would...

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Slow Hurricane Coming

I woke up more times that I can remember last night. The temperature has dropped and I was cold. My kids were restless and woke up a lot too. The calm right now is eerie. We know it is coming. The slow speed of this hurricane is agonizing to wait for. My neighbors are...

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A story of love and new beginnings.

Twenty-two years ago, my first love and high school sweetheart and I broke up. I was devastated. Don’t we all have that moment and that person who the whole rest of our romantic lives is measured up against? Jeremiah was that person for me. I was a mess. So much so...

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Finding my voice this summer.

In some ways, I feel like this summer I crawled into a hole and have been silent. It has been a time of reflection for me as I get some time alone, some counseling, and also look for new vision for what is next for me in Haiti. I feel so strongly that I need to be...

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