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The Power of Collaboration: How To Find Light In a Power-less Place

Here at The Grommet, we love the Makers and products we work with—they‘re a part of us, they make up who we are. Each Grommet has a purpose and each Maker has a story to tell, and it is our mission to share these with the world.

Our journey has shown us over and over again that when we as consumers support companies who do good, good things happen. Simple as that. A perfect example of this is the collaboration between two do-good Grommets—Haiti Projects and Luci by MPOWERED.

Haiti Projects is a nonprofit organization whose main mission is to empower women of rural Haiti toward self-sufficiency. By supporting local medical clinics, building libraries to foster literacy, and providing micro-loans to farmers, they have had a meaningful impact on the people of Haiti.

What caught the eye of the Grommet, however, were the beautiful hand-embroidered nightgowns created by Haiti Projects unique sewing cooperative. By supporting this initiative, Haiti Projects is able to enable women of Haiti to use their amazing and unique embroidery skills to earn a fair income. This income is used for food and school fees for their children. It’s a truly special project—one that we knew we wanted to be a part of.

The Luci is another one of our do-good Grommets. It’s an inflatable, affordable, solar lantern that generates continuous light with zero emissions anywhere on earth, independent of the grid. Through their buy one/give one Give Program, Luci has sent their lanterns to more than 100 countries around the world, helping millions of people.

The founders of MPOWERED developed the Luci lantern in 2010 after an earthquake in Haiti left thousands without power. Without light, children can’t study, entrepreneurs have to stop working, women are less safe walking outside, health clinics have to close and, well, are you starting to see the connection?

MPOWERED sure did. And that’s why they have selected Haiti Projects to be the latest recipient of their Give program. Thanks to MPOWERED’s donation, Haiti Projects has received a total of 516 Luci lanterns that arrived in Haiti just a couple of weeks ago.

With the help of these lanterns, Haiti Projects is able to give their employees the light to do work from home at night, and their kids the light to complete homework at home. Additionally, a bunch of the Luci lights will also be donated to Haiti Project’s brand new Maker library. The lanterns will be available for community members to check out along with the books that they may be borrowing.

This beautiful collaboration makes us extremely happy, and it serves as a wonderful reminder as to why we do what we do. It shows the power of teamwork and the amazing things that happen when consumers and Makers support each other. Together, we can bring light to the world.


  • Debra Says:

    I am still enjoying the beautiful nightgown that I ordered at least two years ago. It is my favorite.

  • Karla Says:

    I love reading things like this. What kind of person would that make us if we had the opportunity to help and did nothing. I hope to read many more things like this.

  • Charleen Says:

    You are so smart in doing that!! In such a small way you are helping so many people all over the world. Thank you for thinking of it because no one else did.

  • Gail Says:

    I went Haiti several years ago on a mission trip.Wonderful people. They will need every lantern they receive. They do beautiful sewing. The children at the schools we work with get fabric for their uniforms. They are sewn for each child by friends and family. Each one is same fabric but they all have a special style of they of their own.

  • Joyce LaCagnina Says:

    Is the embroidered sleepwear purchasable?

  • Ann Says:

    This empowerment is WONDERFUL!! The world should work in your shadow. I'm VERY proud of you for your commitment and living hearts!

  • Mike Says:

    Thanks so much, Ann! We're very proud to see our Makers making a difference.

  • Mike Says:

    They certainly are, Joyce. If you click the picture, it should bring you to the page.

  • Mike Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. We hope to share more stories just like this one. We know there are many more out there.

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