About

Shelley Jean is an entrepreneur who works on behalf of the poor in Haiti through sustainable job creation. Her heartbeat is to provide a solution to the orphan crisis and through here fair-trade certified business, Papillon Marketplace, has become a beacon of hope for mothers and fathers who would otherwise have to abandon their children to orphanages or worse because they can’t afford to keep them. Shelley has spent most of the last decade residing in Haiti, speaks Haitian Creole, and has become a resource not only for working with the poor but also on current events in Haiti.

Shelley is a mother to her four amazing children, two of them adopted from Haiti, and currently splits her time between Florida and Haiti. She is an author of two books, Shelley in Haiti (2017) as well as The Orphan Gospels (2019), co-founder of the non-profit organizations Apparent Project and Papillon Empowerment and speaks and writes about the topic of sustainability and solutions for poverty whenever she can.

THE HAITIAN ARTISAN GOODS THAT SHELLEY REPRESENTS HAVE BEEN FEATURED ON OPRAH, THE GAP, AND IN VOGUE MAGAZINE AND PRAISED BY DESIGNERS AND PRAISED
BY DESIGNERS INCLUDING DONNA KARAN AND STELLA JEAN
Shelley Jean at Papillon Marketplace in Haiti
Shelley Jean at Papillon Marketplace in Haiti
Shelley Jean at Papillon Marketplace in Haiti
“Shelley could have slid through a life of leisure. A gifted artist, an entrepreneurial problem solver, a walking therapeutic clinic, a spiritual guide – it’s all hers, and more. But what she’s made of herself, as her unflinching story reveals, is a servant. And in becoming the servant she is, she found joy. If this book doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.”

– Mary Fisher, American Activist, and Author

My Blog

The Day After Easter

The Day After Easter

The pastel eggshells are in the garbage and candy wrappers are strewn all over the kid’s bedrooms. We went to church yesterday and the minister was hyped. The band was hyped. And the faithful were hyped. Alongside Christians all over the world, we sang about how death...

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With All My Heart

With All My Heart

When her face peaked in through the gate of the orphanage, I had no idea how much it would change the course of my life. She knocked sheepishly, yet in anticipation, clutching a small bag of fruit by her side. She was there to see her son. She had given him to the...

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It’s not shocking to see mistakes

It’s not shocking to see mistakes

It’s not shocking to see mistakes. Words are misspelled, colors aren’t done right, and orders are misinterpreted. It’s what happens when you have people who might only have had the opportunity to have a 5th-grade education working in a second language, for people in a...

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Bookshop

Shelley In Haiti

Shelley In Haiti

Shelley In Haiti – One Woman’s Quest for Orphan Prevention Through Job Creation has been inspiring people around the world since the release.

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The Orphan Gospels

The Orphan Gospels

What makes a country like Haiti so poor? Why are there so many orphanages? What can those of us from a place a privilege do to help in a country...

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