Atlanta-based Ties That Matter makes a difference for Haitian women. Haitian communities still suffer economically, three years after an earthquake devastated the small island. But hope arrived when Laura Martin, executive director and co-founder of Ties That Matter, found a way to change that.
Ties That Matter uses donated and recycled ties and T-shirts to make dolls and accessories. The organization provides a source of income for the driving force behind it, Haitian women with a penchant for sewing beautiful items such as dolls, handbags, pillows, and Christmas ornaments.
According to the website, Ties That Matter is a Fair Trade 501c3 organization with the mission of creating jobs and changing lives for low income women. The organization’s headquarters resides in the district of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.
Their most popular item is the superhero doll made from scraps of donated new T-shirt and tie remnants. The creation of the superhero dolls is divided between the Haitian women and Haitian refugees in the United States.