Craft Haiti’s Future: East Coast Artisan Tour

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SERRV and CAH Partner to Share the Story of Haitian Craft

This is an amazing opportunity for Jhonson to share his story

SERRV and CAH partner to share the story of Haitian craft.

“Our work is our tool to fight poverty,” said Jhonson Augustin, a metal craftsman from Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. SERRV, a nonprofit fair trade organization, provides a market for his popular Tree of Life Wall Art, helping Jhonson to build a house for him and his wife. His work is sold through Comité Artisanal Haitïen (CAH), a SERRV fair trade partner in Haiti.

Jhonson will visit New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania along with CAH director Gisele Fleurant and a SERRV representative in late September/early October. He will talk about the impact of the January 2010 earthquake and demonstrate his craft, which transforms recycled oil drums into beautiful works of art.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Jhonson to share his story and skill directly with some of our most loyal supporters,” said Serena Sato, director of marketing for SERRV. “We will learn first-hand how fair trade has a vital role in rebuilding Haiti. I can't wait for the tour to start!”

For 32 years, SERRV has worked to promote crafts from Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. In Haiti, 80% of the population lives under the poverty line and the average income is only a few hundred dollars per year.

After the recent earthquake, SERRV took a step further and purchased and shipped supplies requested by the Haitian artisans, including tents, towels, flashlights, clothing, pasta and rice. In addition SERRV was able to provide financial grants for rebuilding thanks to the help of generous donors. Now, SERRV and CAH are in the process of developing a new Haiti creative design center that will provide the tools and design assistance to help even more skilled Haitian artisans find an outlet for their work.


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