HOLA, soy Martha! Like a lot of you,
I have had this strong desire in my heart to make a difference and change
someone’s life. Growing up with a father in the Army, and as a 1st generation
Latin-American, I’ve had the incredible experience to see more of the world
than most people whom I’ve met. As a young person traveling the globe, I was
struck at how some children had so little while others were blessed with an
abundance – and based purely on the family and community where they were born.
It’s one of those fundamental concepts of fairness and justice that always tore
at my conscience.
In 2008, these feelings were rejuvenated when we had our first little girl, Emery Xumara. Having the privilege to be a mother, I knew I wanted to teach my children to truly follow their true heart’s desires.
DAR, simply put, is to give. In today’s connected world, we are all part of a global network, moving forward into a more unified and prosperous future. DAR has been organized to educate and empower the women living and working in countries of extreme need. Our mission is to incorporate micro-economic teaching efforts with selected charity organizations. Installing the tools necessary to strengthen communities, as well as enhance the integrity of the women working within them. We are all part of the same system. We can all change lives. We Are all DAR.
Clothing that Tells a New Story
Martha realized the stories that clothing lines were telling had little regard for the wellbeing of the global community. Inspired by her beautiful daughters, she took it upon herself to take action. In the fall of 2012, aDARable was born.
Designed by fashion students at O’More College of Design and sold
under fair-trade regulations by women living in extreme poverty in
Ti-Bouk, Haiti, aDARable is 'clothing that tells a new story'. Inspired
by sustainability and design, we are paving a new way in the world of
fashion. Because Nashville fashion students design our line, we have
placed a significant amount of importance on the elements of design.
Extensive trend research, studying the market, and innovative designs
are among our areas of focus. Even if our motive is admirable, it means
nothing without a desired product. On the complete opposite side of the
coin, we believe in sustainability. Haiti is a country that has received
a lot of handouts and not many hands up. It is among our highest
priority that we are able to provide lasting jobs for our seamstresses.
They deserve the opportunity to be able to give their families what they
need: education, healthcare, and nutrition. We are completely humbled
by their beauty, their laughter and their joy. Their spirit inspires us
and is why we strive to be one of the best children’s lines in
We are not the only fair-trade children’s clothing company that exists. However, WeAreDAR is the first to incorporate O’More design students into the process. Led by noted professor, Annette Medcalf, the students get a unique look into how the fashion industry truly works. We cannot stress the significance of this partnership. Not only does it benefit WeAreDAR as a nonprofit, but it is also a tremendous experience for the students. This is a unique class at O’More that offers a look into life after graduation. The students experience the ebb and flow of designing in a team, learning the children’s market, and presenting to industry professionals.
What We Need
We have been blessed to
have the support of donors to get started but we now need your support
in getting our first year’s collection and our women working
towards economic stability.
Allocation of Funds
1 Seamstress x $7/day x 5 days x 4 weeks $140.00/x 10 Women $1400.00
Project Manager Edourd Jovenel - Oversees Seamstresses $420.00
Funds Manager Marc-Endy Santil - Oversees Finances $100.00
Production Consultant Crista Hooven - Oversees Production of Line $2,700.00Generator Fuel x $60/day x 5 days x$300/week $1,200.00
Security $20/weeksx4weeks $80.00
Misc: Clean Culligan Water for Workers, Fans, Importing and Transporting all Materials, Fabrics, Taxes, Sheet Metal to Repair Holes in Roofing, Maintenance of Machinery in Haiti. $500
Total Monthly: $6,400.00 x 2 = 12,800
Meet Some of Our Seamstresses
WITH YOUR HELP, I can DAR to my family and others.
At first, I hope this project starts and everything will be ok for me. I think that is so important for me because I find a job and with it I get a formation about sewing machine skills. 2nd, I can take care my family and help other people in difficult situation, after my power work giving I can get money, saving it in a bank. With my saved money I hope to create a business to serve my region. This opportunity would mean so much for me. For each women and my community.
Martha, thanks for your mercy for Haiti. I love you so.
Age: 40 Kid: 1
WITH YOUR HELP, my family can finally have a home.
In this project, i am feeling so good. I think that is a grace for me and also a way to get a knowledge about sewing machine skill. That can be wonder for the women of my community. This opportunity would mean so much to me because I get a knowledge to work, save my money to build a house to live with my family. my saving money can also help me to take care my little batty baby. Then, this project in my region is waiting so for me the others women.
Thanks for Martha and our team to think about women of ti-bouk port-margot. We pray the lord for you, for your team and for your sponsors to change our life in Haiti. God bless you....
Age: 41 Kids: 4
WITH YOUR HELP, you are giving me a new LIFE.
At first, I feel this project is a new life for me, with it I have a job, a liberty and a way to take care me and my family. I am so happy this project will be waiting for a longtime. Then, today it’s a reality. This opportunity means so much for me. As Wife in Haiti I can get a better life. My community changing in developement an also Haiti. Me, I say thanks to Martha to think about Port-Margot women.
One heart, one love to our team and sponsors.
Age: 36 Kids: 3
WITH YOUR HELP, for the first time I can save money.
Thanks to Jesus to give Martha the Haiti direction with this project. It’s great because my life Hope changing. With the project, I save money, ameliorate my child life and help so much my family and my region. Then, I am so happy today to say thank to Martha and her family and sponsors in this project. My everlasting love for you…
Age: 40 Kid: 1
The ImpactThis all sounds super cool, right? But it gets better! Empowering women in countries in extreme need has a strong ripple effect, impacting communities and, well, the world. When you contribute, not only do you get tons of love from us, you take a small step to catalyze change, and that my friends, is MASSIVE! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for joining us on this journey!
*WeAreDAR is incorporated in the state of Tennessee and a registered 501c3. Our EIN is 45-3758031.