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Fair Trade Products from Haiti

Updated on August 30, 2017

Helping the People of Haiti

Using mobile phones in Haiti after the earthquake
Using mobile phones in Haiti after the earthquake | Source

How can we help rebuild Haiti?

The people of Haiti need our help. Organizations, corporations and individuals all around the world are looking for ways to help.

We all know that Haiti has had problems throughout it's history and many well-meaning efforts have been launched in the past to try to improve their situation. Now with the world's focus on this very poor nation, we are asking how can we help? What can we do? Is there a way to help Haiti in the long run? How can we help Haiti long term?

It might seem that donations would be the solution but donations can only go so far. Unless Haitians have a way of making a living, their lives will remain destitute. Fair trade organizations have been working with producers in Haiti to help them sell their products. In the long run, what will help Haiti the most will be buying from Fair trade partners who will assure that the people of Haiti receive a fair price for the products they produce.

Certainly Haiti needs donations right now but in the long term donations will not change the situation. What I believe will truly help Haiti for the long term is by looking for products sold by Haitians. But not just any products from any sellers. It is important to buy Fair Trade products so that you know that the person who made the product receives a fair wage and will be able to support his or her family.

In the past the corruption in Haiti has made it difficult for Haitians to make a living.

There are groups in Haiti that are helping to make sure that those who produce products are given a fair wage. We can all help by buying Fair Trade products produced in Haiti.

Humanitarian Aid in Haiti - Short Term Help for Haiti

Relief Workers in Haiti
Relief Workers in Haiti

Photo Credit: Relief Workers in Haiti

Used under creative commons

Bottled water passed out from army trucks delivered by military personnel in the immediate days after the earthquake was vital to the survival of people in Porto Prince, Haiti after the devastating earthquake but so much more is needed.

UNDP Cash for Work programme in Haiti

Haiti Earthquake Cash for Work
Haiti Earthquake Cash for Work

Photo Credit: Haiti Earthquake Cash for Work by Adam Rogers / UNDP.

on Flickr, Creative Commons.

In 2010, after the earthquake, Eliana Nicolini, coordinator of the UNDP Cash for Work programme in Haiti, scaled up plans to put 220 000 Haitians to work within four weeks clearing rubble and rebuilding their country. Each will earn between $5 and $7 a day, enough money to feed a family and ensure a decent livelihood.

Housing for Haiti - Prefabricated Katrina Cottage

Prefabricated Katrina Cottage
Prefabricated Katrina Cottage

Photo Credit: Katrina Cottage

on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Prefabricated "Katrina Cottages" may be a solution for the housing crisis in Haiti.

Support the Rebuilding of Haiti

Listen to the music of Lolo Beaubrun. Translate the lyrics and hear the pulse of hope for the Haitian People. When you visit Haiti be sure to stop by Muncheez, a restaurant that was turned into a soup kitchen after the earthquake. By supporting these businesses, you can help the people of Haiti rebuild their nation for the long term.

How Fairtrade Producers are Helping Haiti - Comite Artisanal Haitian are members of Fairtrade

Creating art from recycled steel drums has been a long tradition in Haiti.

Artists in Haiti have been creating works of art from recycled oil drums for many, many years. Industrial 55 gallon oil drums are stuffed with straw. The straw is then set on fire to burn out all of the oil residue. The oil drums are then cut apart and rolled flat in order to provide a flat sheet of metal for creating their artwork.

Next a stencil is placed on the sheet of metal depicting the desired design. Using a chisel and hammer the artisan cuts out the desired shape. Color is the final step in the process.

With hammer and chisel the artisan creates the design and cuts the form. Colorful painted flowers are the final touch.

Donating to Haiti

This eleven inch dragonfly is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums. It has a small hook to hang the piece and is painted with a bright colorful design inspired by the local Haitian culture.

Will donations help to rebuild Haiti?

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Can Donations help to rebuild Haiti?

Will donations help to rebuild Haiti?

Buying handmade, Fair Trade Artisan Products will help the people of Haiti for the long term. By making a living wage the people of Haiti will be able to sustain their own country and someday will no longer need handouts.

These intricate wall pieces are made from recycled oil drums in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. This piece is made by Carlos Brutus, one of the metal artisans. It is 24" in diameter.

What are you doing to help the people of Haiti?

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      7 years ago

      Buying fair trade brings about positive benefits for everyone and the environment.

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      7 years ago

      I love buying artwork especially handmade in under-developed countries. Great resources here. Blessed and featured on Where to Buy Green Products.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Buying fair trade products is a great way to help out not only Haiti, but other countries as well! *Blessed by SquidAngel

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Giving people the means they need to rebuild their own lives will help in the long run more than any donations.

      Blessed by an angel.

    • LoKackl profile image


      8 years ago

      An important topic and so well designed and written. Long term help for Haiti gives me a great opportunity to Squid Angel Bless.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      I am waiting until after the initial rash of donations as I know that it will be years to rebuild and many countries have donated the necessities for now. Infrastructure and political issues may be causing aid not to get to people fast enough, but the problems will persist long after the news stops reporting it. You ideas here are good.....


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