Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. It is also the home of some of the most breathtaking views and people, with a culture both colorful and inspiring.
When Vi Bella’s Founder and CEO Julie Hulstein traveled to Haiti on a mission trip for the first time almost 8 years ago, her life and her heart were forever changed. The desperate poverty was overwhelming. But balancing the emotions of such heartache were the hearts, deep faith, and friendships she created. Her relationship with Haitian families over the past years are some of the most beautiful she had ever experienced.
On that first trip in 2011, Julie knew that she could not “unsee” the widespread hunger and poverty. A response was stirring as she returned to Iowa.
Vi Bella jewelry began to take shape when Julie saw injustice, joblessness and extreme poverty and decided to take a stand – not by giving a handout, but by creating jobs that gave dignity and purpose. Now more than 60 artisans are employed through our centers in Haiti and Mexico. Every step along the way over the past few years an invitation has been offered for others to join the journey. To experience the beauty and impact the world through a business model that is fighting poverty and making the world more beautiful.
There are many ways to battle extreme poverty and injustice. We believe that one of the most powerful is job creation. Dignity, pride, and learning skills that create income provide families with the ability to feed their children, have pride in their work, use creativity, and find community. The life-changing work our artisans are given transforms individuals, families, and whole communities.
Our Team of Ambassadors
The ambassador team members that have joined us are also able to earn money through jewelry and accessory sales, while being part of a strong community of Christian entrepreneurs, receiving training, support, and encouragement along the way.
It’s a beautiful circle that has been created. We pray for each other and truly serve as part of one team, celebrating victories and grieving losses together.
We want YOU to experience the beauty of Haiti and to stand with us in this fight against poverty, and now we have a way that you can do just that! We have created an incentive program for our ambassador team which includes a way to earn a free trip to Haiti through the sale of our products and by spreading the mission of our organization.
Interested in joining us in the summer of 2019? It’s not too late! You can learn more by:
- Contacting Shanna Homandberg, our Director of Ambassadors. Simply send an inquiry HERE or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org She will be happy to set up a time to chat on the phone.
- Shanna will be doing a conference call for anyone interested in learning more about Vi Bella and this incentive trip:
Time – 7:30pm CSTDate – Wed, June 20thCall in Number – (319) 527-3513, Access Code 578867#
- Or, if you are ready to join the team, earning an income for yourself while supporting our artisans AND earning points towards a Haiti trip, you can go ahead and purchase a selection of jewelry to get you started at a deeply discounted price. Each of our kits that includes everything you’ll need to start a successful business. Once you are signed up, you’ll join our online training program as well as our private Facebook group for ongoing training and support.
We are better together and we’d love to travel to Haiti with you next summer!
” I was fortunate to go on a mission trip to Haiti and it changed my life forever! While there, our group worked on the Three Cords Building. I signed up right then and there to become an ambassador. What mother doesn’t want to help another woman with work and taking care of her child? I’m very proud to be part of a company that helps create employment that empowers communities.” – Lori, Vi Bella Ambassador