In 2010 David Palmer founded the Joan Rose Foundation(JRF) to provide impoverished children with the opportunity to succeed. It quickly became apparent that to actually help the children one needed to stabilize their household and the mostly single mothers of the children at the JRF had no decent job prospects. Good Threads was founded in 2013 as a solution to this issue, we now employ every mother at the Joan Rose Foundation as well as over 100 other local women.
Our employees are paid by the piece, so the harder they work the more they make and those that work the hardest make as much as nurses and teachers despite their lack of formal education.
We give them the materials so that they can work from home while they take care of their household, we help them open bank accounts, help with their children’s education through the Joan Rose Foundation and have even set aside 10% of the companies shares for them so that as we grow and prosper so will they.
Every needlepoint belt, dog collar and keychain is hand-stitched
by a Haitian head-of-household figure (usually the mother)
who are paid up to 5x the average wage in Haiti for their work.
Ketline, a stitcher for Good Threads, standing with her two boys on the foundation of the new house she is building. Their old house, the small tin structure pictured behind them, housed seven people. Read Ketline’s story
Good Threads Impact is a feature of this blog that focuses on the impact Good Threads is having in the lives of our employees. For this feature we ask each stitcher five simple questions. Enjoy! Name: Facilien Hometown: Limbé, Nord (Northern Haiti) Position with Good...
Good Threads Impact is a feature of this blog that focuses on the impact Good Threads is having in the lives of our employees. For this feature we ask each stitcher five simple questions. Enjoy! Name: Jeanline Hometown: Cap-Haitien, Nord (Northern Haiti) Position with...
Good Threads Impact is a feature of this blog that focuses on the impact Good Threads is having in the lives of our employees. For this feature we ask each stitcher five simple questions. Enjoy! Name: Miliana Hometown: Sainte-Suzanne, Nord-Est (Northeastern...
Ketline, a stitcher at Good Threads, standing with her two boys on the foundation of the new house she is building.
Using pearl cotton thread and 18-count mono canvas, employees spend up to 40 hours stiching each belt by hand. After being inspected by David Palmer himself, the canvas is then attached to full-grain leather and fashioned with a solid brass buckle .
The Joan Rose Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide impoverished children with the chance to succeed in life.
There are over 80 children in the foundation, where they are provided nutrition, education and more:
- Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat
- Classes in math, literacy, French and English
- Activities designed to promote emotional growth and development
- Private school tuition assistance (100%)
- Healthcare and legal expenses when necessary
How do you help the parents of the JRF?
- All of our employees work from their homes.
- We pay our employees a set price for a finished piece, instead of an hourly wage; this allows our employees to take care of their children and household while they work at their own pace.
- Good Threads provides financial assistance for our employees’ emergency medical bills and other medical expenses.
- The Joan Rose Foundation provides funding for all of its children’s significant medical bills.
- Our average stitcher earns the equivalent of a mid-level school teacher in Haiti.
- Our most skilled and hard-working stitchers make more than a high-end teacher.
- Overall, Good Threads employees earn two-to-five times the average Haitian salary.
every purchase makes a difference
We donate 5% of of our revenue toward food for the Joan Rose Foundation, which translates to fifteen hot meals for every needlepoint belt, eight for every dog collar, and three for every keychain.