Born of Haitian immigrant parents, Naika began traveling to Haiti annually after the Earthquake in 2010 in order to familiarize herself rst hand with the struggles of the people. She brainstormed how she could work as an advocate for change to bring aid and self-suf ciency practices to Haiti.
Her new “Haitian Girls Pop” fashion collection works to empower young Haitian women who are unable to receive proper schooling due to the cost burden on their families. A recent grant recipient of Pratt Institute's Graduate Student Engagement Fund, Naika will bring her idea to Haiti this year. "It is an honor, I am just scratching the surface and someday the world will see and feel the Haiti that I so much admire" says Naika. ~ Pratt Institute Summer 2017 Catalyst Magazine article
The products featured on the site for the Haitian Girls Pop collection are produced from recycled plastic bottles, turned into Flakes->Yarn->Fabric. The bottles used to make the fabric are collected from the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti which helps to combat the waste management crisis in the nation's capital. How's that for sustainability?