A Beautiful Opportunity: Change a Life!

Vi Bella began with, and has always been about relationships. Click To Tweet As we prepare to launch our fall catalog, we have a story to tell and an invitation for you. You may not know that in addition to operating production centers in Haiti,  Mexico, and in our founder’s hometown of Sioux Center, Iowa, we have a  sister non-profit, Vi Bella Serves. This entity is run by ten board members that volunteer their time and resources to assure the needs of our artisans and their children are met. They work tirelessly, behind the scenes, to raise funds that go...

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Sharing HAPPINESS with You

Have you seen Jennifer Dukes Lee’s latest book, The Happiness Dare?  It’s showing up everywhere, spreading happiness, and we’re thrilled to see it in the #1 spot as new release on Amazon! Why are we so happy here at Vi Bella? We are happy because we know the power to be found in these pages, and we know the heart behind each written word.   In The Happiness Dare, you’ll learn what Jennifer Dukes Lee discovered, including how to: Understand the five happiness styles and maximize yours Overcome the four biggest obstacles that stand in the way of your happiness Find...

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A Beautiful Circle

Written by Janelle Hultquist, our Director of Involvement When I graduated college with my BSW, I never imagined I would be working for a company that was creating so much good in the world. Vi Bella works to create beautiful lives for anyone who comes into contact with them and I am proud to be part of this movement. As the Director of Involvement for the Vi Bella Home Office, I have the unique opportunity to see how Vi Bella is working full circle.  I work mainly with our Ambassadors – the story tellers for Vi Bella who share...

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Two Women, One Beautiful Story

There are some moments in life that are unforgettable. This picture was taken in 2010 at The Mission of Hope.  Julie Hulstein, Vi Bella’s founder and CEO attended church there the day after meeting this precious girl, Sencia, and her brother. The day before Julie had prayed with Sencia in her makeshift tent. Sencia was seventeen and she believed she was too far gone for the forgiveness and grace of God.  We’ll let you hear the story in Julie’s own words, from a video last year: It was because of one visit with Sencia in her makeshift tent, hearing...

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The Sounds of Haiti

        Written by Jen Sandbulte, a long time friend of Vi Bella, who traveled from Iowa to #JointheJourney2016 with her daughter Emma.       It’s still and quiet in the morning here.  The water sways without ripple, almost breathing. In a land with so much unfamiliar, as I walk past scurrying lizards and incredible foliage, I hear them.  Turtle Doves.  The familiar sound is music to my ears. I pray frequently for God to give me ears to hear.  I long and desire to hear his voice.  Sometimes it comes as a soft whisper, and...

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Reflections from Lydia Lee

Written by Lydia Lee, a fourteen year old Ambassador for Vi Bella, who traveled from her home in Iowa with her mom (Jennifer Lee) and sister (Anna Lee) to #JointheJourney2016 Last night, as I lay down in my soft bed in an air-­conditioned room, I had trouble falling asleep. As I tossed and turned, my mind kept snapping back to the scenes of extreme poverty that I had witnessed in Haiti that day.   My heart ached as I remembered the tiny huts with tarp walls and dirt floors that large Haitian families lived in together.     I...

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First Impressions: A Beautiful Sadness

Written by Kristin Smith, a Vi Bella Beautiful Life Ambassador. Kristin has traveled with the Vi Bella team from her home in Michigan to #JointheJourney2016. Maybe it’s the time in the evening.  The sun is just setting at dusk.  A beautiful, bright, orange, ball sets before us as we weave in and out of traffic, nearly missing pedestrians, motorcycles, and brightly colored Tap-Taps (cabs). Now just heavy clouds surround the sky.  It almost looks like a grey dusty hue is falling on the mountains.  We whiz past makeshift homes out of tin and fabric scraps line the streets.  People...

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