Beadworx moves production to Haiti
Extol Accessories Ltd continues its humanitarian efforts and has acquired Beadworx and moved its production to Haiti. Extol Accessories is a family owned business that has provided jobs, education and emergency shelter to Haitian individuals for over 30 years.
Beadworx, founded by Lance Durban and Roseann Vitassa, has also provided assistance to impoverished nations and has created job opportunities for over 50 Haitian artisans since its inception. “Beadworx is a grass roots company dedicated to developing community uplift by creating jobs where there are none,” said Roseann Vitassa, co-founder of Beadworx. “Our mission is to empower people to help themselves so they may proudly and steadily support their families, educate their children and create a better life.” Part of its mission is to increase job opportunities and wider access to the world market that provides endless opportunities for growth for people in Haiti.
Currently, Beadworx provides merchandise to resorts, garden centers, zoos, aquariums, galleries and more. “You may have seen us in places like Disney World, Atlantis, San Diego Zoo, Salvador Dali Museum, as well as so many other National and International locations,” said Vitassa. “We are the only people in the world who design and create Beadworx sculptures; we must be able to supply the increasing demand for our pieces by moving that production to Haiti.”
According to its website, Extol has assisted artisans and ateliers access the world market in two ways: by offering freight forwarding services, and by offering artisans the opportunity to join its Haiti Handworx booth bi-annually at AmericasMart Atlanta.
Product purchases helps to provide housing, food, education and a source of income for Haitian families. For more information on Beadworx, visit www.beadworx.us.