our story is simple
Papillon Enterprise is a socially & ecologically conscious business with a mission of stimulating the Haitian economy by exporting and marketing Haitian artisan goods. We are creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them.
what makes us different?
Wages & BenefitsEmployees Receive A LIVING WAGE (3 times the minimum wage) + Medical & Social Benefits
Training & EducationLanguage & Literacy Development + Computer & Software Training **
Our EnvironmentOur work environment is developed to be family friendly including on-site child care. This holistic approach insures that each person’s unique needs are met.
we are papillon. we are butterflies.
Papillon is providing opportunity for women who have never had an education & cannot write their names. We work with deportees struggling to create new lives for themselves in a place with very little opportunity. Papillon provides hope through the dignity of a job, training & the ability to create something new out of something discarded & seemingly unusable. We are a reflection of what we do.
the holistic approach
TRAINING | We develop new skills in our artisans to help them create products that are relevant for North American and European markets. Most artisans have little to no experience in the creative field before working for Papillon Enterprises. Job skills training will give Haitian artisans a lifelong advantage no matter where they are.
DESIGN | Haitian culture is blessed with an unsurpassed creativity. Through our company, we encourage and promote artisans to be experimental, exploratory, and expressive in their work. This gives greater satisfaction for our employees and allows us to have the most unique and cutting edge artisan goods in Port au Prince.
VARIETY | Our artisans work with recycled paper to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, Christmas ornaments and more. We use indigenous clay to make ceramic beads and crafts that are unique to our artisan guild. We are eco-friendly and use primarily recycled goods in most of our craft. Our ever-expanding product lines include recycled paper journals, bags, purses, home decor, children’s clothing and many other small artisan goods. We are constantly pushing back the horizons of our skills to continue blazing trails on the frontier of the emerging Haitian market.
AWARENESS | Papillon’s artisan goods are being sought after worldwide. Our products have been purchased and celebrated by prestigious clientele such as Donna Karan, Kim Kardashian, Maria Bello, Patricia Arquette, Olivia Wilde, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton. These connections and a blossoming social media network have done much to promote and sell Haitian goods. We are currently developing new markets in Europe and Asia.
LOCAL | As much as is possible, we source all of our supplies locally. Varnish, glue, paper, unprocessed clay, and raw metals are all purchased locally in order to stimulate the Haitian economy further and create more jobs. What we cannot buy locally, we import solely for the sake of exporting