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Strengthening Artisans in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel in Response to the 2010 Earthquake

The devastating earthquake that shocked Haiti on January 12, 2010 shattered not only the fragile urban infrastructure in the cities of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, and Leogane, but also fragmented the marketing and social networks on which the livelihoods of many urban and peri-urban artisans depend. Haitian handcrafts provide a source of income for many Haitians who have few other opportunities for productive employment.

The Project

LWR’s local partner for this project is the Fondation pour le Développement de l’Artisanat Haitien (FDAH). While working directly with FDAH in a development project represents a new relationship for LWR, our Fair Trade Handcrafts Project has been marketing art produced by FDAH workshops for some time.

FDAH was formed in 1973 to improve the livelihoods of participating artisans through collective action. FDAH has three major divisions: a fair-trade marketing division known as Comité Artisanal Haitien (CAH), a training center, and a design center. Working in concert, these three divisions develop new products and designs, test markets, train artisans in production techniques and business skills, and provide a national and internacional sales outlet for artisans’ production.

The goal of the project is to improve the production of 6 artisan workshops located in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and Leogane that were affected by the 2010 earthquake, in order to increase family incomes and improve living conditions.


  • Strengthen the capacity of 180 men and 20 women organized in 6 artisan workshops in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and Leogane through training on new production techniques, marketing and knowledge management.
  • Increase the volume of production of the 6 artisan workshops by over 100%.
  • Increase the income of 180 male and 20 female artisans from 6 workshops in Jacmel, Port-au-Prince and Léogane, resulting in an increase in purchasing power of at least 30%.
  • Increase knowledge about improved health practices for artisans and their families.