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Caribbean Crafts

Caribbean Crafts is a marketing organization for Haitian craftspeople. Based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, Caribbean Crafts has contended with Haiti'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 location. Many of the articles made by Caribbean Crafts are handcrafted from recycled or locally-produced material: steel from used steel drums, papier mâché from cement bags, glue from the starch of locally grown manioc and used plastic bottles and gallon containers.

Caribbean Crafts was founded in 1990 by young Dutch and Belgian entrepreneurs to address high unemployment with artisan training, design assistance and new export market outlets. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Caribbean Crafts since 1990.