Artisans Training: Sowing and Reaping
Last June-July 2016, FLL started artisanal activities with youths in two communities in the Southeast Department. Those activities have started giving results.
On a total of twenty youngs people trained, 19 continued with the practice. The young people created belts, sandals, phone cases, bracelets, etc. They gave some of those items to friends, family members, and sell them in order to earn money.
In the community of Ma, two youths, Junior(not the real name), Jean (not the real name), have been particularly successful in making bracelets, and selling them for 25 to 50 HTG each.
Junior (not the real name) used part of the money earned to pay part of his school tuition. He wants to keep selling, make more money, and continue paying school. He is a former student of our accelerated education program and is completing the second basic cycle. He hopes to also learn how to make solar panels, based on the community need for electricity. He believes he can make more money and serve his community at the same time.
While in Ma the young people have put the emphasis on economic development, their counterparts in the community of Gou have focused on training, sharing their skills with other youths who haven't the opportunity to participate at the trainings. Three of them participated in in FLL’s second training round that took place last 26 to 28 January 2017.
Overall, there were 18 participants in that training, with ( 8)eight from Ma, (2) two women from KomAnTim (creole word meaning Child Protection Committee) leaders have been participated at the training. In total 20 people (11 teenage girls, and 9 teenage boys) . The objective was to increase the skills of participants, enabling them to produce sandals and handbags.
Over the three days, each person created at least two pair of sandals: one for them, and the other one for FLL. A sole maker was hired to finish the shoes. The plan is to purchase the sole machine, allowing the young people to complete the sandals making process themselves.
For the shoes collected, FLL will organize a fair, as an opportunity for the public to purchase them. Those funds will go back to the artisans.
Unfortunately, the 3-day workshop did not allow enough time to complete the creation of handbags, but the KomAnTim leaders were given the necessary materials, and will oversee these activities. They will report to FLL on the progress.
FLL is also facilitating collaboration between the young artisans and more experienced people, as another way to increase their skills. For example, FLL organized a meeting with AVS, an association of artisans from Solino (Port au Prince) last December 28, as part of an exchange program between AVS and the community of GOU.
Like FLL, AVS also enjoys support from IAF.
The young people would very much to do a return visit to AVS, to maintain the relationship and continue the learning opportunities.