“Do less and listen more.”
As an earthquake responder, she felt a strange distance, almost like an out of body experience to the chaos around her, however there was also an intimate connection to the devastation, as she was literally living among it. The first days after the quake were the most difficult. When feeling most lost and hopeless amidst the dire level of devastation, she prayed for guidance and felt called to "do less and listen more." And so she did.
“I don’t want a bottle of water. I need a job.”
Not long after, while doing a food distribution in a tent camp, a woman told Julie, "I don't want a bottle of water. I need a job." This was the message she knew she must listen to, so Julie decided to sell her home in the states, quit her job, and moved to Haiti permanently, where she set out on a mission to create sustainable jobs. By making ethical and environmentally friendly sandals and fashion accessories, she was able to do just that. She also wanted to ensure the story of Haiti, told to the world, would be filled with pride and determination as her early experiences dictated.
This became the intent and story behind every Deux Mains product.