An international design consultant will conduct a product design seminar for paper mache artisans in Jacmel to help them develop marketable products appealing to local and international buyers.
ATA puts local artisans into business with buyers like Pier One, fitting into USAID's mission to help people by creating jobs. ATA's office in Jacmel, a center of Haiti's art scene, was shut down due to lack of funds. With ATA's guidance, a new program is being started by a local artisans association in Jacmel to maintain activities. A design seminar to produce new products based on current trends, which is crucial for the market, will allow them to sell products to support their families.
An international design consultant will spend 80 hours training 25 paper mache artisans in product design and developing new saleable products.
$5,000 in near-term local/export sales are expected in the first year, with continuing subsequent sales. Product development will produce 30+ products for 25 artisans and yield 500 days of work, which will also benefit as many as 150 family members.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Aid to Artisans
Latin America and the Caribbean