News Summary: Artisans thrive again in Haiti

Updated at: 12/19/2012 10:36 AM
By The Associated Press

MAKING IT IN HAITI: Three years after a devastating earthquake, there’s still not much economic traction in this impoverished Caribbean country, but arts and crafts have taken off.

CRAFTING RECOVERY: The artisan industry is enjoying a boost from advocacy groups that organize workers and improve quality. Big retailers like Macy’s and Anthropologie and three high-end designers are among those working with at least five artisan groups to export arts and crafts.

ART START: The number of artisans has increased thanks in part to more than $3 million from groups like the Inter-American Development Bank and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

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