Author - Rebecca Miller

5 New Year’s Resolutions We’re Making in 2021


‘Tis the season for new year’s resolutions, and we’re making a few of our own at GOEX. Read below for our top 5 resolutions we’re making in 2021. We hope these inspire you to make some positive changes and make 2021 your year!


1.  Connect our clients and makers in new ways.

We know our customers care deeply for the hands that make their clothes. We want all of you to feel invested in the difference you’re making in their lives. So, in 2021 look for more specific stories and for ongoing impact data on our employees and their families. We’ll also provide more opportunities for you to come alongside us in investing in programming. Hopefully, we’ll even be able to take some of you to Haiti with us in the second half of the year.  We hope you’re excited to learn more over the coming months!


2.  Continue to grow sustainability efforts.

In 2020, we introduced buttons, labels, drawcords, twill tape and packaging made from recycled plastic. We also introduced a line of garments created from remnant fabric diverting waste from landfills – our ladies rib tee, rib tank and rib cardigan are all created from scrap fabric! In 2021, we’ll add zippers to the assortment of components using recycled plastics. We will also continue to expand our assortment of garments made of eco-triblend fabric diverting more plastic from landfills. And we’ll begin reusing boxes that originate in Haiti – look for a sticker indicating your box is on its second journey!


3.  Sell more tees, create more jobs.

Ultimately our goal is to educate more consumers about ethical shopping choices resulting in more tee sales and more fair wage jobs in Haiti and the US. In 2020, we hired two additional full-time sales managers who are ready to serve our growing client base. Thank you to everyone who is already part of the GOEX family! We hope you’ll share our story in the new year and help spread the word about our super comfy, fair trade apparel. We can’t do this without you!!


4.  Practice hospitality.

We are SO excited about the store space we opened this fall and can’t wait to host you for a visit! Would you like to have a private shopping or printing event? Looking for a space for another event? As we begin to come out of the pandemic in the spring or summer, we would love to host you and your friends or colleagues!


5.  Be grateful!

Through the challenges of 2020, we have SO much to be thankful for!  We’ve made incredible new friends, continued to support our employees and introduced new products and initiatives that put us in a great place going into 2021. We are incredibly grateful for all of you for supporting us throughout 2020. Cheers to the new year!


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So much to be thankful for, even in 2020


At GOEX, we choose to see the good in this unpredictable world. We’re thankful for the many things in our lives that keep us sustained and bring us joy. Below, some of our team members share what they’re grateful for this year! 


“I am thankful this season for so many little things. I am thankful for coffee and heated blankets as the weather gets cold. I am thankful for FaceTime and Zoom to keep in touch with friends and family in the middle of a pandemic. I am thankful for sunny days and that I have been able to keep most of my plants alive. Finally, I am thankful that this year brought me to my husband who has quickly become the best part of my life.”  


Carly Moore | Sales Manager


“I’m grateful for new beginnings in the midst of difficult times in the world. I am grateful for a new job with GOEX and the work we are doing. I am grateful for a new place to call home, a healthy family (and myself), amazing friends and my best gal, my dog Evie.”


Jen Parlin | Sales Manager


“I think it’s important to think about what we are thankful for even in a year full of challenges and difficulty amongst ourselves and the world beyond! I am grateful for activism this year, seeing people stand up for each other even as times are tough. I am grateful for the health and safety of myself, my friends and my family. I am grateful for new beginnings and the people who have stuck with me through it all! I’m also beyond grateful for a family who is loving, caring and always there for me.”


Maris Moon | Warehouse Assistant


“2020 has been an interesting year. My husband and I are thankful that we were both able to keep our jobs and work from home. We have enjoyed the extra time together and I have become even more of a homebody. But I have also learned to appreciate and cherish time with friends and family even more. I am so thankful for the loving people in my life. Lastly, I am thankful that we were able to update our kitchen this year! Now I just wish we could host a big party, hopefully one day!”


Kenna Russell | Graphic Artist


“I always feel thankful for my family, but this year even more so. Being locked together for so long reminded me of how much family time we had lost through our hustle and bustle of sports, work etc. We now make more time for each other. Dinners together, game night, etc. I am also very thankful to have found GOEX during the pandemic after being furloughed, then let go. It was a very dark and scary time for me personally.  Not only do I love my new job, the people I work with are incredible!”


Allison Carson | Sales Manager


“I’m grateful that in a year filled with uncertainty and fear my husband and I have been blessed with employers who make it their first priority to take care of us instead of only focusing on their bottom line.”


Meghann Wheelock | GOEX Product Management Coordinator


“At GOEX, we are immensely grateful for the community of givers and customers who have made it possible to keep going in a tough year. Every shirt we get to print or ship is a reason to celebrate. I am grateful for an amazing team who has kept a positive attitude, navigated a ton of challenges and kept us rolling. Personally, I am incredibly grateful because I have a miracle nephew who was born this year at only 26 weeks, weighing less than one pound. He’s home now with my sister and doing great – off of oxygen and eating well and, so far, getting a clean bill of health. He’s a precious reminder that we’re not in control regardless of how hard we try and that, even in this wild year, we have much to be thankful for!”


Jessica Ray | Executive Director


What are you grateful for during this uncertain time?

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5 Fair Trade Gifts for the Thoughtful Giver  

5 Fair Trade Gifts for the Thoughtful Giver  

We all know “it’s the thought that counts” when it comes to giving gifts. It’s not always about finding the perfect gift, the coolest gift or the most expensive gift. It’s about thoughtfulness. And thoughtfulness takes on a whole new meaning when you give gifts that both feel good and do good. 


When you give a fair trade gift this holiday season, you are thinking about the recipient of the gift and the person who made it. We’ve selected our five favorite GOEX garments for the thoughtful giver who wants to give a gift with impact. 


Gift good. Feel good. 

White Crew


Price: $40.00


Other Colors: Oxford, Navy, Black


Thoughtful Touches: Our crewnecks are the perfect weight as a basic outerwear in transitional temperatures or layered up for warmth in winter. Each is made of U.S. fabric and sewn in our boutique factory in Haiti with extreme attention to detail, such as decorative stitching on the seams and twill tape in the neckline. But the story behind it is what makes this gift so thoughtful. Every purchase sustains fair wage jobs that uplift families!


Grey Cardigan


Price: $35.00


Other Colors: White, Navy, Berry, Olive


Thoughtful Touches: This flattering, rib cardigan is not only fashionable and super comfy, but it’s one of our most eco-friendly garments! Using the leftover rib fabric from our triblend tees and featuring three recycled plastic buttons, these cardigans contain recycled water bottles and divert waste from landfills in Haiti. Meaning they’ll feel twice as good when wearing it.


Weekender Hoodie


Price: $45.00


Other Colors: Navy


Thoughtful Touches: They will love the comfy fit of the Ladies Weekender Hoodie designed to look great with jeans or leggings! This is one of those “look like you are ready for the day but feel like you never left bed” garments. It’s that dreamy. And what makes it more thoughtful than your average hoodie? The maker was treated with respect and paid a fair wage — reinstating pride, dignity and stability within their family.


Ivory Premium Cotton Tee


Price: $15.00


Other Colors: Black, Oxford, White, Cardinal, Navy, Lucite, Turquoise, Marigold, Hunter Green, Kelly Green, Atomic Green, Dried Herb, Maroon, Red, Neon Orange, Royal Blue, Scuba, Purple


Thoughtful Touches: This is not your basic, basic. The premium, ringspun cotton tee in ivory is sure to become a wardrobe go-to. The relaxed fit is designed for comfort but with features that keep it stylish, including the double needle topstitch at the collar and hems. Not to mention, our cotton is sourced right here in the U.S. and travels only 1,200 miles to Haiti to be sewn into shirts compared to the average 16,000 mile journey of mega-factory tees. 


Olive Hoodie


Price: $40.00


Other Colors: Navy, Oxford, Black


Thoughtful Touches: Our buttery soft, hoodies were designed for everyday life that just so happens to be life-giving as well. From weekend outings to warding off office chills, this is a must-have basic hoodie that empowers the makers in their families and communities!


Keep Giving More Goodness

Looking for more gifts that feel good and do good? Take a look at the Fair Trade Federation’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. Odds are, if you love the story behind a gift, your loved one will too.


5 Easy, Eco-Friendly Halloween Costumes You Can Make Out of a T-Shirt


Americans spend billions of dollars on Halloween goods each year, contributing billions of pounds of textile waste. Instead of adding to it, keep this Halloween season as eco-friendly as possible by making a costume that won’t crush your bank account — or the planet. Check out these 5 fun and easy costume ideas below with a fair trade t-shirt and a few extra supplies! 


  1. Fruit
    You can never go wrong with food! All you’ll need for this costume is a colorful tee and felt to cut out the little details of your fruit of choice — seeds, stems, leaves, etc. Safety pin the details to your tee and wear with black pants and shoes. We have many different colored tees to choose from, you’re sure to find one to match your favorite fruit!

    (Image credit: Brittany Sanderson)

  2. Ghost
    This costume couldn’t be easier. Grab a white t-shirt and add a face with felt. We recommend checking out one of our vintage white tees for this look! This costume would be paired perfectly with white socks.

    (Image credit: Rock My Family)

  3. Jack-O’-Lantern 
    With an orange t-shirt and matching stocking cap, you can create a quick and easy pumpkin-inspired costume — no carving required! All you need to do is cut jack-o’-lantern facial features out of black duct tape and place them on the tee. Simply remove the duct tape when you’re done and you’re ready to rock your favorite orange tee again! Check out our orange colored tees to accomplish this look.

    (Image credit: Summer Lower)

  4. Black Cat
    For the classic black cat costume, you can wear your go-to black tee! There is no need for ear headbands (unless you already own them) the face makeup is enough, and if your hair is long you can do your hair in buns to look like ears. Our charcoal tees would be purrfect for this costume.

    (Image credit: 5 Minutes For Mom)

  5. Cotton Candy
    Have a sweet tooth and love puns? Safety pin cotton balls and candy to a plain candy-colored t-shirt to create cotton candy. Our berry or purple tees would complete this delicious costume!

(Image credit: Rachel Joy Barehl)

Let your imagination go and see what you can do with just a shirt this Halloween! The best thing is when you make a costume out of a GOEX tee, you can feel good and do good all year-round. Not just for one holiday!


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A better shirt for a better world. | Fair Trade Month


October is Fair Trade Month which means it’s time to take a moment to think about what we’re buying, where it comes from and how it can affect the world around us. Read on to learn how when you purchase a GOEX tee, you are choosing a better shirt for a better world. 


Over two billion t-shirts are sold around the world each year. Whether it be for a sporting team, event or just for fun, we buy new t-shirts all the time, often without considering how they’re affecting the environment. After water usage, pesticide treatments and thousands of miles of travel, the apparel industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters.


This is exactly the problem that companies like GOEX seek to solve. We are proud to be an ethical company and a member of the Fair Trade Federation. In addition to creating fair wage jobs, providing safe working conditions and helping to break the orphan cycle, our clothing has many environmental benefits as well.


Saves Sea Life


In the production of typical apparel, many fabrics will be transported thousands of miles by ship, leaving oil residue in the ocean.This toxic oil kills sea life and leaves many entire habitats ruined. Because our fabrics are sourced right here in the US, shipped only 1,200 miles to Haiti to be sewn into shirts and shipped back to the U.S. for sale, we greatly reduce the amount of pollution in our production process.


Made from Recycled Material   


Not only are our fabrics made from U.S. grown cotton, but our triblends also contain recycled polyester. Each eco-triblend tee contains the equivalent of five recycled water bottles. Tags, buttons, zippers and drawcords are all made from recycled plastics as well.  Every time you wear one of our t-shirts,  you can feel good about it!


Reduces Future Waste 


With the growing trend of fast fashion, clothing is cheaply made and quickly ripped or thrown away. In fact, over fifteen million tons of used textiles are thrown away each year. GOEX shirts, however, are made from better high-quality fabrics, making them last much longer. Plus, because they’re t-shirts, they never go out of style! By producing well-made, long-lasting clothing, we seek to minimize apparel waste.


Each of these things are important to GOEX and part of the reason we choose to make our clothing ethically. Each of our two billion annual t-shirt purchases have an effect on the environment and people around the world, so let’s make it a positive one!


Shop tees made with you in mind.

We’d love to get you started with a better basic tee today! Choose from our many styles, colors, and fits to make the perfect garment for your next group event — something you can feel proud to wear. Browse our Digital Catalog today!


Lebanon Travel Diary | Executive Director, Jessica Ray


Lebanon has been making headlines for it’s devastating explosion and economic crisis, so we wanted to take a moment to highlight it’s beauty. Our Executive Director, Jessica Ray, traveled to the Middle East last year and reflects on the incredible trip below and shares how you can help kids in crisis in Lebanon.


I was thinking again this week about how much has changed in a few short months. A year ago my husband and I were preparing for a trip to the Middle East with The Global Orphan Project where we would see the church serving families in Jordan and Lebanon.


The trip was amazing! I will never forget the experience as long as I live. Many friends and family members were quite concerned when we told them where we were going. We met amazing people while there and experienced unsurpassed beauty and hospitality. And we were so honored to spend time with our team members and see the way they serve those around them. They do so humbly but also with a strong sense of pride in their communities and countries. As if that wasn’t enough, walking in places where Jesus walked only made the trip that much sweeter.


Little did I know riots would break in Beirut only hours after we left. That would be followed by a global pandemic which halted all travel and then an explosion second only to a nuclear bomb would tear apart the Beirut harbor. I had no idea that flight home to Kansas City would be my last for more than a year.


We’re all experiencing loss and grief right now in varying ways and depths. But we’re also seeing people pull together and care for one another in unprecedented ways. Whether here at home or with our team in Haiti or on the other side of the world where clean up reconstruction in Beirut will last years, communities are finding ways to support one another and create moments of joy.


Purchasing our new Lebanon tee is a great way to give to our efforts there to care for kids and families in crisis. We hope when you wear it, it won’t be a symbol of sadness but instead of joy and hope. The team in Lebanon is connecting with more families than ever before and serving them well. Regardless of how hard this moment is, there is always hope for a brighter future and joy in good memories.

Thanks for letting me share one of my favorites!


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Fall 2020 Trend Report | graphics and fonts

Fall fashion trends for 2020 you need to know – graphics and fonts edition.

Last edition, we cued you in on all of the comfy staples you should be filling your closet with this fall. Check out our Fall 2020 Trend Report – graphic and fonts edition below to learn more about what statements will be in trend this season.



You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. This season is all about looking put-together on your Zoom call while remaining comfy enough to lounge on your couch in your work from home ensemble. Follow any one of the trends below and get inspiration for your next t-shirt or fleece design.




Rainbows evoke joy, hope, and wonder, making them the perfect image for almost any type of apparel. Add text and choose your own color palette to make a unique design that anyone would be happy to wear.



Rainbow words

Add interest to text-based designs by making the letters a rainbow of colors. Change the mood of the shirt by refining your color palette for the letters.



Off register prints

Think outside the lines! Rooted in 60’s pop art, this look is a classic way to add interest to a design with blobs of color positioned off-alignment from the lines they were meant to fill in. 



Tiny text

Sometimes, less is more. Create a minimally aesthetic t-shirt design featuring tiny text.



Retro typography

Get groovy and throw it back to the 60’s and 70’s by designing a funky tee with retro fonts in psychedelic colors like reds, yellows and pinks.



Abstract drawings

Organic, abstract forms make for compelling t-shirt designs and can stand alone or be combined with text. Use a mixture of colorful and creative strokes and lines to make an expressive t-shirt sure to stand out.



Delicate florals

Flowers can stand for growth and beauty, or a fresh start. A delicate floral design can be the main focus of your t-shirt or used as extra elements in a typographic design.



Plastic bag vibes

The iconic white and red “Thank You” bag has been a point of inspiration for years. The familiar design is easy to transform into artwork for almost any message by using a white product as your base and repeating lines of red text.



Bold/inspirational statements

Say it bold and clear. Creating a simple t-shirt with a word or phrase that gets your point across can sometimes be all you need.



Geography designs

There are tons of creative ways to mark a geographic area on your design. Use a map, outline, or silhouette to make your mark.



Repeating text

Get your point across by repeating your message. Repeating text will create the desired impact, and result in a well-designed shirt at the same time.



Left aligned

Left aligned text is a great way to stylize your t-shirt design while keeping a minimal aesthetic. This technique works well with text-only designs, because it adds some intentionality to the text placement.



Animal portraits 

We’ve seen a new trend of large animal portraits on shirts this season. Designers create large, stylized portraits of dogs, cats, turtles, cows and more. This is a perfect option for any organization that works with animals or just animal lovers in general.




Mountains can be symbolic of challenges, setting goals and achieving them, or simply being outside in nature. The beauty of mountains and the many ways they can be visually represented makes them a popular choice for apparel.



Artwork prints

Many artists are moving their creations off Instagram and onto shirts! They select work that’s been a fan-favorite on social media and translate that into a printable apparel design.



Pocket print designs

The “pocket” printing location is incredibly popular this year. Boutiques and companies are using small logos or designs and printing them on the front of their tees. Pocket prints are a great way to promote your message in a subtle, stylish way.



90’s vibes

Calling all 90’s babies! Pay homage to one of the best decades with neon colors, geometric shapes and MTV vibes.



Large back prints

Oversized prints on oversized products are all the rage. Screen printing your design in a large way is a great option for designs that are more intricate and detailed or designs that are meant to obtain that L.A. street grunge look.



Handwritten typography

Hand-drawn letterforms can have a range of different moods, so it can be funky, retro, bold, or delicate. The flexibility you have when you draw your own lettering makes it a great choice for almost any t-shirt you’re designing.


Make your own trends.

Whether you’re designing a t-shirt or fleece, we hope these Fall 2020 graphic and font trends give you some inspiration. Start from scratch and create your own design or take one of our own designs and make it your own. Browse our Graphics Catalog today!


Fall 2020 Trend Report | color and garments

Fall fashion trends for 2020 – color and garments edition. 

Wondering what’s new at GOEX and what staples you should be filling your closet with this fall? Our development team analyzed color trends, created new silhouettes and perfected our garment assortment. Check out our Fall 2020 Trend Report – color and garments edition below.



According to Pantone Color Institute experts, colors for Fall 2020 reflect our interest in desirable seasonal classics with personality. Colors whose timelessness and versatility convey a level of functionality, and at the same time lend themselves to unique color statements that stand out. These colors encourage creativity as well as pragmatism, reflecting the changing mindset of today’s consumer, who prioritizes value and longevity over color choices that are here today and gone tomorrow.


Pops of color

Colorful favorites coupled with seasonal core shades come together to create a palette of fresh color classics. You can find our new Rose Heather Triblend Tee in the lineup, this dusty pink is flattering on a variety of skin tones and will be seen everywhere this season. We can’t wait to see you all start rocking it!


This season’s core hues are equally comfortable as singular color statements or as the foundation for a rich color narrative. Our new Ivory tee is sure to be a core piece in your collection for seasons to come. 

Key color combos

Get inspired by these key color combos. Don’t be afraid to make a high-impact statement with your wardrobe choices this season (even if it’ll only be appreciated over video calls).  


This season is all about feeling good. As many of us continue to work from home, we recognize the importance of looking polished, yet remaining comfortable. We have so many new pieces releasing this season that are perfect for the job. Cozy up in one of our staple sweatshirts, look polished in a comfy triblend polo or layer our new rib cardigan over a triblend ringer tee. 


This year, we’re adding a White Crew Sweatshirt, Olive Sweatshirt, Ladies Rib Tank, Ladies Rib Cardigan and Unisex Longsleeve Hooded Tee. Stay tuned for future emails to learn when they come in stock. No matter what GOEX pieces you pair together, we know they will make you feel good AND do good for the makers too! 



Stay tuned for our next blog post to learn more about what graphics and fonts will be on trend.

Make your own trends.

Whether you’re designing a t-shirt or fleece, we hope these Fall 2020 design trends give you some inspiration. Choose from our many styles, colors and fits to make the perfect garment — something you can feel proud to wear. Browse our Digital Catalog today!


What is World Fair Trade Day and why does it matter?



World Fair Trade Day is an inclusive worldwide celebration of fair trade’s contribution to the fight against poverty, exploitation and climate change. This year, it takes place on Saturday, May 9. 


Fair Trade matters in this moment more than ever. Why? 


While many companies are cancelling orders and protecting profit margins, Fair Trade companies are doing everything they can to keep paying artisans around the world whose governments don’t have safety nets in place to provide for them. From pre-paying for orders to issuing grants or fundraising on their behalf, Fair Trade companies are caring for their makers in any way they can.


Beyond specific initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fair Trade companies focus on making the world a better place every day. Today, we celebrate these three specific focus areas:


  1. Fight against poverty

    Fair Trade companies typically pay higher wages than comparable employers and offer additional social benefits such as savings plans, meals, childcare, healthcare, job training and more. These programs result in higher management and labor costs, but they empower employees to care for their families and lift them out of poverty. A strong job creates opportunities for systemic change that are never possible through traditional charity.


  2. Fight against exploitation

    Exploitation typically goes hand in hand with poverty. When people do not have their basic needs met, they are vulnerable to exploitation by those in power. Ways Fair Trade companies fight exploitation include: paying equal wages to men and women, never employing children, or rescuing women from trafficking. Overall, strong jobs provide stability to people significantly lowering the risk of exploitation.


  3. Fight against climate change

    Fair Trade companies know that caring for people means also caring for their physical surroundings. Trash clean-ups, waste elimination, tree planting, water collection plans, solar energy at production facilities, recycled raw materials – there are endless initiatives companies can implement to care for the environment while producing their goods.


While economies are shut down around the world, the need for commerce to invest in people over profits has never been more clear. The World Fair Trade Organization says this: “The pandemic has uprooted the global economy, threatened lives and livelihoods. The fundamental shakeup also means we can shape how our economies will recover. Together, we can ensure the economy that arises truly puts people and planet first.” Learn more about their #PlanetFairTrade vision.  


While you’re staying home shopping online, choose fair trade and then post your favorite purchases with the hashtag #StayHomeLiveFair!


GOEX Apparel is proud to be a Fair Trade company. Thank you, our customers and friends, for all of your support which allows us to continue to pay our employees while our factory is closed and to invest in supplies and infrastructure to make sure they’re safe when they do come back to work. Learn more about the reopening plan here.

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Production Facility Update | Meet our new General Manager


Our world will see many changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. From fashion trends to sanitation guidelines, to the very definition of community, everything around us is shifting. One of the changes happening at GOEX is an expedited completion of a transition plan for our team in Haiti at our apparel manufacturing facility, LIFE. Jeff Blatt has been the General Manager at Life S.A. since we began this initiative more than five years ago. He’s been an incredible asset and we will never be able to thank him enough for shaping GOEX into the quality brand it is today.


After 30+ years in Haiti, he’s been looking to transition back to the states so over the last few years he’s been training our next generation of management. When we reopen the factory (hopefully in mid-May), Jeff will be in an advisory role and Ariane Manuel will transition into the General Manager role. Ariane is an incredible asset to our team. She cares deeply for Haiti, for our employees and for the quality of the products they send to you, our customers.


We wanted to take this opportunity to let Ariane share a little bit about herself and a Haiti update. Enjoy!


“My name is Ariane Manuel and I am a Haitian American living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I was born and raised in the United States by my parents who are Haitian diaspora. Despite living in the states, Haiti has always been a prominent part of my life between the family, language and culture that lived inside of me. I always knew that living here one day would be a part of my path, and now I find myself calling it home.


I’ve been with Life S.A. for a little over three years now. My journey has evolved into something I could have never imagined, and I am grateful for every step of the way. I came on board taking a chance on the unknown, just as a chance was taken on me. I had never had any experience in the apparel industry, but each day that went by I became more and more eager to learn. I was extremely fortunate to have had a mentor in Jeff Blatt, our long time General Manager, who knows this business inside and out. Not only was he adamant about transferring his knowledge to me, it was a joy to learn and work alongside him. In just three years, I am confident in saying I have a strong grasp on what it takes to make a small apparel factory run successfully.


Aside from having a newfound interest in manufacturing, there’s one thing that has always remained a constant. No matter how big or small, making a difference in other peoples’ lives has always been a passion of mine. Not only making a difference, but also seeking to understand and sympathize with others. That is why my position with GOEX and LIFE means so much more to me than just being passionate about production. We care about the people. We care about their families, their children and their well-being. I am grateful for every relationship I have built with each and every one of our team members. It is important to me that everyone knows they are valued and appreciated for their hard work they put in day in and day out. I am proud to be a part of this movement together, even more so at this particular moment in time.


It’s been almost two months since the shutdown of our factory. I’ve continued to practice social distancing the best I can, but as far as the general population goes, this task is close to impossible. Haitians generally make their living on a day to day basis. Meaning, whatever they are able to sell that day allows them to feed their families the next. They have no choice but to continue their daily routines. Yes, I constantly see masks whenever I leave my house, but I don’t see any sense of caution or fear. In my opinion, I believe that they’ve seen so much hardship in their lives that this virus does not scare them.


Small businesses have re-opened with limited hours and new rules they require each customer to abide by. This includes but is not limited to the use of a mask and washing of hands before entering their store. On the other hand, the re-opening of factories is more of a challenge. Naturally, because it is an industry that brings together many people in a closed environment. That being said, there are many additional requirements that all factories have and will be forced to comply with.


These past couple of weeks my main focus has been on acquiring all of the necessary supplies to ensure we are prepared for re-open. We have outsourced non-contact thermometers, free-standing hand washing stations, foot mats and other various supplies. Locally, I was able to purchase a substantial amount of alcohol, chlorine and hand sanitizer. Moving forward, each employee will be responsible for the sanitizing of their workspace as well as their hands on a regular basis throughout the day. Prior to re-open they will each be provided with 10 reusable masks and 2 oz bottles of sanitizer. Systems will be put into place and become a part of their daily routines. A lot of thought has been put into every detail to ensure the safety of us all. I am looking forward to being back up and running!”


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