About Us


2nd Story Goods is a nonprofit social enterprise that partners directly with global makers to fight poverty. We pay a living wage for makers to handcraft accessories, gifts, and home goods, incorporating locally-sourced and upcycled materials whenever possible.

At 2nd Story Goods,
We use the strength of our infrastructure to create opportunities for makers and maker groups to develop their goods, get them to market, and tell their stories for a healthy and fair economic return! We are consistently working towards sustainability, to be a stabilizing force in the areas in which we work.

Culture is everything. Ours is one of mutual respect, continued curiosity, and kindness, with a strong bent toward helping young leaders rise. We believe that great leadership creates more great leaders, not just in the work we do but in the communities where we live.

1. We believe in a fair, livable wage for working people.
2. We believe that the lowest price is not always the best price (see #1)
3. We believe in building a company that benefits the community where it is planted.
4. We believe that people that live within a community are best suited to bring positive change for their community, model leadership qualities, and empower upcoming generations.
5. We believe in hope, dignity, and connectedness with every fiber of this business.
  • Artisans are paid a living wage (approximately 5x the minimum wage for Haiti, for example) for the time they spend making goods, upfront, by the piece.

  • The majority of our goods are made in Haiti, with most being made in the city of Gonaives; many of our artisans are from Jubilee, a small developing community on the outskirts of Gonaives by the sea. This neighborhood is so special to us, because it is where our work originally started in 2011.

  • We operate as a subsidiary of Much Ministries - Much is a registered 501c3 non-profit registered in the state of Georgia. Product purchases aren't tax deductible (of course!) but donations made toward this work are. 
Listen to our founder, Kathy Brooks, talk about her journey of starting 2nd Story Goods.