WHO IS SIMBI
SIMBI is a high quality, handcrafted accessory & Fashion line recognized as much for it’s cool beach & surf style as it is for purifying water and transforming the every day lives of Haitian people. The perfect every day accessories, SIMBIS are popular across multiple generations, appealing to young teens, Millenials, Gen Xers and ’trendy’ Baby Boomers. Their handmade process ensures that each piece is unique, just like the person who wears it.
Stylish trend-setters today know that fashion is just one part of the equation when it comes to total style. Being socially conscious by giving back to a cause that is bigger than one self, all while purchasing items that speak to their deeper sense of style, is the essence of today’s cool for a cause movement. Handmade in Haiti, our low cost high-margin fashion accessories are one-of-a-kind wearable art that is non-gender specific.
Everything from conception, manufacturing and sales is done from Haiti. What makes us special is that our main objective is to elevate Haiti’s reputation. We want to change that and not only show the world what Haiti has to offer, but bring sustainable jobs and help those in need at the same time. We don’t see ourselves as a charity, but as an ethical enterprise ready to help and support our community.
The Simbi accessory collection began as an innovative fashion hair accessory. It is a bracelet you can wear it on your wrist, or use to tie up your hair. It won’t bend, break, rip, or crease your hair. It was conceived in an effort to raise funds quickly to help with water filtration in Haiti after the Cholera epidemic. Each bracelet sold keeps Haitians employed and helps in our efforts to bring clean water to Haiti. Clean water is our answer to save lives, improve lives, and empower lives and will hopefully eradicate the cholera outbreak that surfaced in Haiti 3 years ago.
Simbi apparel collection is intended to make the consumer feel luxurious and comfortable in their clothes by using high quality linen and lightweight cotton. It is for adults of all ages who want to enjoy wearing an elegant yet well-crafted piece of clothing to lounge at home, on the beach, or on a hot summer day grilling in their back yard.
Many pieces are carefully hand-embroidered with 17th century techniques by the women of Haiti.
The clothing pieces are sent uncut to a community called “La Vallée de Jacmel” which lies near the southern coastal town of Jacmel. Over 100 years ago a congregation of catholic nuns from Belgium introduced this embroidery to the community. Today it is embedded as a proud tradition that is being passed from generation to generation. Lori, our co-founder, had a grandmother who was from Jacmel and introduced Lori to the embroidery of “La Vallée”. Together Lori and Birgit vowed to help that high quality craft survive and be recognized beyond borders.
The Simbi collections are conceived, designed, cut, sewn, and proudly handcrafted in Haiti in an effort to bring jobs, and improve and empower lives of the women of Haiti.
EACH SIMBI SOLD BRINGS CLEAN WATER AND SUSTAINABLE JOBS TO HAITI.
In addition to creating sustainable jobs to handcraft Simbi products, over 15 million gallons of clean drinking water has been provided to the people of Haiti through Simibi’s foundation, Aqua Haiti.
Aqua Haiti is a non-profit foundation based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Founded by the owners of Simbi USA Inc., Aqua Haiti was created to support, promote and finance water purification throughout the country. Eighty percent of the Haitian population lives in poverty with more than 70% having no access to clean water. The foundation is funded through a portion of proceeds donated from sales of Simbi fashion apparel and accessories. Each and every Simbi item sold provides funding to purify at least 1 gallon of water per day, enough to support two people.
The Aqua Haiti foundation has paid for and installed two water filtration systems to date. The first $20,000 system was installed in a clinic in Wharf Jeremie, the second largest slum in Port-au-Prince at the height of the Cholera outbreak. In addition to filtration, water is physically delivered daily by trucks (over 10,000 gallons) to help offset the shortage of access to clean water. A second system was installed at an orphanage in Montrouis, a small seaside community located 60 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Clean water is not only provided to the orphanage but is also available to the local community at a minuscule cost. Most recently, through Aqua Haiti’s affiliation with DloHaiti, a for-profit venture providing safe drinking water to underserved areas of Haiti through a decentralized water purification and distribution model, the foundation is able to bring awareness and education of the importance of filtered water and proper hydration. DloHaiti Water Kiosks deliver filtered water to surrounding approved schools, where each classroom receive 1 jug of clean water a day, enough for an entire classroom of children.
Our first water filtration “F Series” system installed by Life Giving Force LLC. Pictured here are Sister Marcella and Bobbi Dunphy, form Life Giving Force, in City Jeremie slum, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. This water filtration system was donated by the owners of Simbhaiti and played an active part in reducing the number of deaths during the height of the cholera outbreak. “Cases of cholera dropped from 80/day to 5/day after filtration system was installed.” It continues to work daily and provides purified water to the clinic, school, and families of the neighborhood slum www.lifegivingforce.org