At Caribbean Craft, our purpose is to showcase the beauty of Haiti through the export of high-quality artisan crafts. We are dedicated to sharing the creative and positive aspects of Haiti with the world while building strong relationships between international buyers and artisans in Haiti. Our mission is to create stable and sustainable incomes for individual artisans and foster business opportunities for isolated artisan communities throughout the country. Additionally, we are committed to leading the way in recycling and waste reduction in Haiti, repurposing materials like old steel drums and empty cement bags into unique artisan crafts.
A Growing Company
Founded in 1990 in Haiti, Caribbean Craft has persevered through numerous challenges to become the primary provider of Haitian handicrafts for the Caribbean islands' tourist market by the late 1990s. In 2006, Caribbean Craft transitioned into a woman-owned company, and in 2009, we became the first Haitian company to establish a permanent showroom in Atlanta's Americas Mart. This exposure to the American market allowed us to collaborate with renowned retailers such as HomeGoods and Anthropologie. Despite losing our workshop in the aftermath of the earthquake, we managed to acquire new accounts with brands like West Elm, Restoration Hardware, TOMS Shoes, Land of Nod, and Crate and Barrel. Since 2011, our customer base has expanded to include the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, and numerous Caribbean islands.
Corporate Social Responsibility
We uphold a strong commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Caribbean Craft supports Haitian artisans by offering fair wages, health and accident insurance, a pension system, and interest-free loans to help them navigate crises. In 2010, we collaborated with World Vision to train and employ 1300 artisans for three months to create paper mache and plastic bottle bracelets, recruiting them from 16 refugee camps around Port-au-Prince. Our assistance to artisans goes beyond financial support. After the earthquake, we initiated a feeding program, providing a free meal per day to 25 workers. Over time, the program expanded, nourishing over 300 artisans daily for several years. In 2011, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, West Elm, and Prodev, we launched a literacy program for our artisans and workers. We are proud to announce that as of 2014, 100% of our team is literate, surpassing the national average of 53% literacy in Haiti. Furthermore, Caribbean Craft is dedicated to finding ecological uses for recycled materials. Our renowned "oil drum art" is crafted from recycled steel drums, while our trendy papier-mâché products are made from empty cement bags and starch derived from locally grown arrowroot.
At Caribbean Craft, our purpose goes beyond the creation of beautiful crafts. We strive to make a positive impact on the lives of artisans, their communities, and the environment.