Crafting a Better Future
You may have seen the beautiful craftsmanship of Haitian artisans within the pages of the LWR Handcraft Project catalog.
After the quake, many Haitian artisans lost equipment, work space and critical production time. Many faced the same shelter, food and health concerns as their fellow quake survivors, making it even harder to recover.
LWR and partner Fondation pour le Développement d l'Artisanat Haitien (FDAH) are helping artisans recover by offering training sessions teaching new production techniques and marketing skills to increase income, along with health training where artisans can learn and ask questions about cholera, hygiene and other health concerns.
Emilien Blaise, a master paper mâché artisan, took part in the trainings and learned new skills that will not only help him earn better income, but also the 10 apprentices he employs in his workshop. Emilien is from Jacmel, one of the hardest hit areas during the earthquake. The beautiful plates, bowls and masks Emilien and his apprentices make will be sold around the world, helping them to support their families.
You can take part in the recovery of Haitian artisans by ordering Haitian-made products from the LWR Handcraft Project catalog. Your purchases help artisans provide food, education, health care and more for their families.
“By participating in the LWR project, a lot has changed for me.”
Even before the quake, things were hard for Rosélia Eximé and her family. She often had to borrow money, at high interest rates, to get by.
“To pay back my loans I had to sell my goat and poultry,” says Rosélia. This left little to support her family.
LWR and local partner World Neighbors are reaching out to women like Rosélia to help them earn income, learn to manage credit and start small businesses.
The project’s overall goal was to support both earthquake victims and the rural communities where they live. Rosélia, who participated alongside with 64 other women, used her loan to plant vegetables and groundnuts that she uses to earn an income to support her family and send her son to school.
Rosélia started out with a loan of about $50 that she used to plant some crops. Now she keeps between $600-750 in savings. “I am happy with this progress,” Rosélia says. “By participating in the LWR project, a lot has changed for me.”
To learn more about LWR’s long-term commitment to Haiti, visit lwr.org/haiti.
Nikki Massie is LWR’s Staff Writer.
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