Caribbean Crafts, formerly known as Drexco, is a marketing organization for Haitian craftspeople. Based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, Caribbean Crafts has contended with Hait's difficult social problems and infrastructure limitations. In 1997 its premises were looted and destroyed by gang violence, but the organization has rebuilt and continued in a safer industrial park location. The articles made by Caribbean Crafts are handcrafted from recycled or locally-produced material: steel from used steel drums, papier m??ch?? from cement bags, glue from the starch of locally grown manioc and used plastic bottles and gallon containers. Made from imported pigments, paints are mixed in Haiti and guaranteed lead-free. Wood is imported because of Haiti???s deforestation.
Caribbean Crafts was founded in 1990 by young Dutch and Belgian entrepreneurs. They have helped address Haiti???s high unemployment with artisan training, design assistance and new export market outlets. Caribbean Crafts is a member of American Fair Trade Federation (FTF).
Ten Thousand Villages purchases painted cut metal animal wall hooks and mirrors, painted wood animal bookends and door stops and Christmas ornaments from Caribbean Crafts. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Caribbean Crafts since 1990.
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