NEWBURYPORT — Hawtan Leathers, a manufacturer of fine leather with headquarters in Newburyport, was recently selected as a 2017 Fleur De Vie honoree by the Fleur De Vie organization, which supports the initiatives of not-for-profit organizations in Haiti.
Hawtan is scheduled to be honored at the organization’s annual La Palette Saisonniere du Chef food tasting and fundraising event in New York City at the French Institute Alliance Francaise on June 25.
“Hawtan Leathers was selected by Fleur De Vie’s board of directors for its tireless service to the economically disadvantaged communities that we serve in Haiti,” said Dayanne Danier, co-founder of Fleur De Vie, in a press release.
“Your generous contributions have made a significant impact on the lives of people who need it most,” Danier said. “It is with deep appreciation of your commitment that Hawtan Leathers has been selected to be recognized.”
Hawtan Leathers’ tannery, Cuirs Hawtan, is the largest leather factory in Haiti and located outside of Port Au Prince. It has been in business for more than 35 years.
In addition to employing 150 people and regularly conducting business with 350 hide and skin suppliers throughout Haiti, Cuirs Hawtan has assisted the people of Haiti after two recent natural disasters, the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
And in support of the company’s goal of creating sustainable jobs for the people of Haiti, Cuirs Hawtan works with local fledgling businesses, helping them to set up viable business models that work, thus creating additional jobs.
And Cuirs also works with Haiti Made and the Haiti Design Group, two businesses that sell handmade leather goods. Its mission is to provide sustainable and dignified employment as a part of a larger effort to promote economic growth in Haiti.