THE TECHNIQUE : SEWING
Many artisans who are partners with The Little Market sew beautiful, fair trade pieces. More than 24 women at Haiti Design Co-op are part of the group’s sewing team. The talented artisans create beautiful products such as handbags, soft leather goods, and homewares. Textile manufacturing does not occur within Haiti, so the denim and canvas pieces that Haiti Design Co-op artisans use to make products arrive from jeans factories located in the Dominican Republic. Haiti Design Co-op aims to maximize the sustainability and the impact of the process followed to make these handmade products.
Haiti Design Co-op is a community-based nonprofit that was founded in 2014 by Josh and Chandler Busby. The main mission behind the organization is to create sustainable development through design, training, and job creation; the nonprofit’s mantra comes from an old Haitian proverb that means “Many hands make the load light.” All of the artisans at Haiti Design Co-op work together, and the organization and community development committee provide resources such as healthcare and educational seminars on leadership development training and mental health awareness.