Large Canvas Tote - Black
Made in Haiti
by artisans preserving traditional techniques
Not your average canvas bag. This large tote bag features leather handles to make carrying groceries, workout clothes, and everyday essentials a breeze. Each purchase empowers artisans at Haiti Design Co.
Large Canvas Tote - Black | Fair Trade | The Little Market
Haiti Design Co-op
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 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.
At Haiti Design Co-op, 15 men, who are led by head manager Cenice, are skilled in leatherwork. When they began working as a team, they called themselves “Ekip Solid,” or “Solid Team.” This title continues to be appropriate for the talented group of artisans. The leather at Haiti Design Co-op is locally sourced from a family-owned tannery within the country, and the group specializes in durable, full-grain, and vegetable-tanned leather.
Haiti, officially known as the Republic of Haiti, was the first state within the Caribbean to have gained independence. It was a Spanish colony after Christopher Columbus arrived on Hispaniola in 1492. Hayti, the Indian name for Haiti, means “land of the mountains,” and the country is located in the western one-third of the Hispaniola island. Common agriculture includes coffee, mangoes, rice, cocoa, and wood, while popular industries are textiles, cement, sugar refining, and flour milling. Copper, gold, marble, and hydropower are among the natural resources within the nation.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.