September 8, 2011 and December 12, 2012
Providing Small & Growing Businesses with Access to Financing & Business Services
Fund Amount: $870,211 in Grants
The artisan sector is key for long-term economic development in Haiti, and HAND/EYE's Artisan Business Network (ABN) is invigorating Haitian artisans, providing them with resources and tools to effectively design and share their work. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund made its first grant of $535,876 to launch the ABN. The Fund's second grant of $334,335 prepares the ABN for a larger-scale artisan sector investment from the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank.
The ABN was created to help meet the supply and demand of Haitian artisan products among U.S. retailers. It established two depots to store and display products in Croix-des-Bouquets and Jacmel, as well as one hub in Port-au-Prince. The hub provides a center for product development, packaging, and distribution, as well as a central location to secure purchase orders. As the ABN grows its network and international business with Haiti expands, the Artisan Business Network will employ even more artisans.
The ABN facilitates orders with international retailers such as Macy's. In July 2011, Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren joined Martha Stewart and designer Rachel Roy on a business visit to several artisan communities in Haiti. For a link to Macy's 'Heart of Haiti' store, visit macys.com/haiti
Why We Invested in HAND/EYE
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's grant to HAND/EYE to implement the Artisan Business Network reflects our commitment to promoting job growth and economic opportunity, particularly in the key artisan sector.
Transforming Lives and Livelihoods
- Provide access to new, international markets, and develop long-term relationships between Haitian artisans and major retailers.
- Develop design and operational best practices in the Haitian artisan sector.
- Secure large purchase orders for artisan groups across three cities in Haiti.
- Expand the business expertise of Haitian craftspeople so they can market their own crafts.
- Broaden international interest in Haitian art.
About the HAND/EYE Fund
The HAND/EYE Fund is a 501(c)(3) created in 2010 to connect artisan groups to U.S. markets. It supports skilled artisans through grants to artisan cooperatives around the world. Its leaders are respected for their commitment to artisans and strong, personal relationships across U.S. markets. Visit handeyemagazine.com for more information.