Journal

Why Maternal Health Care Matters

Why Maternal Health Care Matters

The maternal health crisis disproportionately affects materially poor mothers. At our core, we believe in offering families as many resources as possible to thrive. Part of this belief means making sure mothers have economic access to care both they and their children need.
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The Long Road Ahead

The Long Road Ahead

On February 7, thirty three years after the fall of the brutal Duvalier dictatorship, Haitians once again took to the streets to demand government accountability. For almost twelve days, protestors coordinated a lock down of Haiti. Businesses and schools sat closed. Roads were not passable. Life screeched to a halt.
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2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

In December, we celebrated one year since we officially opened our studio doors as Mama Zwazo. Our first official year in business brought us wholesale customers in Haiti and the US, private label partnerships, and the most obvious change, a new name. Like any small business, we’ve experienced growing pains, but we’ve also experienced deep joy.
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A Haitian Holiday

A Haitian Holiday

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas in Haiti is typically a quiet affair. Families gather together to celebrate, and churches hold Christmas Eve worship services. In Haiti, The real star of the holiday show is January 1, also known as Haitian Independence Day.
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A New Chapter

A New Chapter

Mama Zwazo began in early 2017 as a dream between friends. We have grown into a community of women who believe in our ability to craft opportunity in Haiti. Our team is far and above those early ideas.
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#GIVING TUESDAY

#GIVING TUESDAY

You might be new to ethical fashion. Maybe you’ve known about the injustice of underemployment, political corruption, and more that continues to exist in Haiti, but you’ve felt helpless to do anything. Maybe you feel like nothing you do will help, so why bother.
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Partner Spotlight: Education + Health

Partner Spotlight: Education + Health

“Menn anpil, chay pa lou.” // “Many hands make the load light” – Haitian Proverb

At our core, we are a community of women who believe in making space for all. We seek to work within the incredible network of like-minded organizations here in Haiti. Two organizations whose programs are currently giving our employees opportunity to thrive are English in Mind and Bon Nouriti Pou Sante.

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When Missions Look Like Work

When Missions Look Like Work

We want to build up a business that feels as sacred as church: a place where women are valued and able to earn consistent income, where their talents and dedication are honored, where each person is respected and loved for who they are.
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People over Profit

People over Profit

“It’s not enough for me anymore that it’s a beautiful item. I want to know who made it and where it came from.” - Emma Watson
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Zwazo Initiatives Spotlight

Zwazo Initiatives Spotlight

The mission of Mama Zwazo is two-fold. We seek to run a successful business to offer stable employment to Haitian women. We also seek to support our employees in mind, body and spirit. This is where RENest (Mama Zwazo Foundation) comes into play.
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Autumn Happenings: Day by Day at Our Nest

Autumn Happenings: Day by Day at Our Nest

Autumn on the island is a welcome break from the brutal summer heat. The leaves on the sturdy mango trees stay green, but the breeze picks up a bit. Traffic is in full force with students in matching uniforms heading to and from school. Giant semis hauling goods, or occasionally being used as a makeshift taxi keep clogging intersections. All of Port-au-Prince lets out a collective sigh of relief.
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Feathers, Freedom + Fear

Feathers, Freedom + Fear

"Zwazo" is Haitian Creole for bird. Mama Zwazo means Mama Bird. We believe in building a nest where mamas are able to heal, flourish, feel known, use their voice, create, and grow in beautiful ways.
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