At "Journées entrepreneuriales du Cégep du Vieux Montréal" ZAFÈ's Founder

will be part of a panel about women entrepreneurship on March 11th, 2015 from

9h00AM to 10h30AM. 

You can check it out with the link below:…/entre…/journees/Pages/Calendrier.aspx   


Below is the transcript of the last blog post about ZAFÈ wrote by The Annex Flea for their Valentine craft fair in Toronto on february 8th, 2015. 

Go see original post on: Shop Profile: ZAFÈ | The Annex Flea 


Shop Profile: ZAFÈ

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ZAFEbraceletsHave you heard of ZAFÈ? A young venture based in Montréal, this online shop specializes in ethical fashion and design accessories handmade in Haïti by women for women, which allows Haitian women to earn a living from the items they produce. Founder, Yrina Janvier, set up shop a few months ago to give these women access to the Canadian market and is having a sale to celebrate Valentines Day. Here’s what she has to say about her new venture.

Is giving/receiving vintage/handmade gifts important to you?

Yes, especially when it comes from someone who means a lot to me, like my mother or my aunties. I remember one day when I was a kid, my aunt gave me her own set of earrings, bracelet and necklace handmade in Haïti from tiny sea shells. I still have them and wear them for very special occasions.

Do you shop vintage/handmade for your everyday items? Why?

I rarely shop for everyday items. I am not a big consumer, so I prefer to reduce consumption and to reuse what I already have in order to maximize the marginal utility of my belonging.

What advice do you have for other vendors getting started in your field?

From a bigger perspective, my field is much about ethical fashion and design accessories handmade in third world countries. For a vendor, it is important to be aware of trends and to play smart in order to find an affordable product/market fit.

Do you have any tips for shoppers looking for goods in your field?

Ethical fashion and design accessories can be very easy to find and they do not come necessarily with a premium. Take a look at ZAFÈ’s listing as an example. In average, our clutches are the same price and as good quality of major brands. Moreover, your purchase does make a strong social impact.

What would be your ideal Valentine’s Day activity?

It might be an nice evening taking a walk out in the sun and with flowers with friends and beloved ones.

You can ‘join the movement’ to support the women of Haiti by checking out the 25% off sale at the ZAFÈ online shop or by following ZAFÈ on Twitter,Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram!


On July 25th, 2014 was our graduation day from the very 1st cohort in Canada of Founder Institute, an early accelerator from silicon Valley.

We've been there for 12 weeks and it is a pride and a true honor for us to be part of the 12 out of 40 participants to finish the program.

As a Founder, I learned that we can't go trough that journey alone. I learned to listen and trust in time of uncertainties. I went beyond my limits and I tested my commitment to my project as I broke the world record of special assignments within Founder Institute worldwide. I, thus, discovered myself in a whole new perspective.
To resume my experience, I would repeat the words of my former peer, Donna:
 "you are tougher than you think".  


Many thanks to all !

Yrina Janvier 
Founder, Zafè  


July 22, 2014

Ayiti   eCommerce   Haïti   handmade   women   ZAFÈ   ZAFESTORE  


ZAFÈ means business in Creole. The very 1st version of ZAFÈ was born 10 months after the deadly earthquake of 2010 in an attempt for doing something different not only to help out of emergency but also to re-activate some of the very basic mechanism that makes an economy viable for its depending agents.  


Nowadays, to think of doing Business with Haïti, it is a bit of contrast due to perception that Haïti is only a place for charities. We want to provide for another perspective. We want to help people to transition from poverty to well-being and let them learn and develop the best business practices.


Zafè was created, by women for women, to support sustainable poverty alleviation one item at a time. We make it happen through the ethical direct trade of quality handmade accessories between artisans in Haïti and web consumers in North America. Working with vulnerable women in desperate communities Zafè creates a platform to enable any talented artisan to participate in international trade. Recognizing an addressable need, as well as a market opportunity, to disrupt these systemic patterns of poverty found across Haïti’s economy, Zafè is being redesigned in 2014.


Zafè sets an eCommerce that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in vulnerable communities, disrupting the traditional export supply chain and setting radical transparency. This way, we cut traditional middlemen, reducing logistical costs, increasing profits for artisans and providing for affordable pricing to North American consumers.