Our Mission

Papillon means "Butterfly" in French.

Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. Papillon Marketplace is a fair-trade certified, socially conscious lifestyle brand dedicated to supporting at-risk mothers and fathers with full-time artisan jobs in Haiti. Papillon’s mission of orphan prevention and family preservation through job creation has proven itself to be a viable solution for the current poverty orphan crisis affecting many developing nations. Papillon founder, Shelley Jean was featured in the Netflix documentary, Poverty Inc which showcased the positive impact of Papillon's methodology and approach to economic and social reform in Haiti.

Papillon provides hope and dignity with employment rather than a hand out. The skills and training that each staff member receives, provides the foundation for a sustainable future.

A future that includes taking care of their children and providing for their families. These jobs present an unprecedented opportunity for many men women who have never had an education and cannot read or write their names. Papillon also works with deportees struggling to create new lives for themselves. This chance to "start over" is a rarity and exhibits that a little help goes a long way.


Employees receive a living wage, usually 3X the minimum wage + medical & social benefits


Job skills training, language & literacy development, computer & software training


Our work environment is creative and family-friendly, including on-site child care.


Papillon Empowerment promotes charitable and humanitarian efforts, particularly in Haiti, by assisting with and facilitating job skills training, offering assistance with documentation to become job ready, aiding in acquiring the necessary tools and resources to secure a job, being a resource for emergency relief and humanitarian aid when necessary, and to provide holistic support for parents in poverty by assisting in areas related to their children’s well-being. Papillon Empowerment is a 501c3 non-profit charity co-founded by Shelley Jean and Loick Muyuka. All donations are tax-deductible. Please consider making a contribution today.

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