Beyond Borders has been working with and nurturing Haitian metal artists in Croix-des-Bouquets for fifteen years. We meet directly with them to ensure that quality and craftsmanship standards remain high. We love the constant exchange and blossoming of new product and design ideas. Most importantly, we see real economic improvement and lives bettered through the creation and sharing of their beautiful art. This success is about a true partnership between the Haitian artists, Beyond Borders, you as our retail customers, and your customers… all who get to love this art and share in the story.
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How is fair trade changing the life of your artisans?
We see real economic improvement and lives bettered through the creation and sharing of their beautiful art. When the earthquake of 2010 destroyed all of the homes of our artists, Beyond Borders was able to respond immediately with money to rebuild. While governments and large NGOs struggled for weeks (sometimes even months) to figure out how to assist those in need, the Beyond Borders’ bank account in Petionville, Haiti (under the direction of Beyond Borders founder Casey Riddell) was able to distribute funds within days enabling our artists to get back to work and share their art with those of us in the United States and Canada.
What do you want Expo shoppers to know about your booth?
All the artwork is created by using just 3 simple hand tools – a hammer, a chisel and a nail. It is all protected for indoor/outdoor display and usage.
Do you have any upcoming events you would like us to promote?
This will unfortunately be the last expo/event Beyond Borders will participate in for a while due to employees taking time off to raise their baby’s being born. Come out and see us at the Ohio Fair Trade Expo and check out the latest product line!