Empowering Haitians Through Job Opportunities
Haiti is a country filled with skilled artisans. Unfortunately, there are not enough local opportunities for the typical Haitian artisan to make a decent living. Because of this problem, Haiti’s Hand Print has partnered with a number of gifted artisans to market their art. Our mission is to help make known the work of our local Haitian artisans. The goal is to help them provide a decent living for their families. I truly believe that Haiti and its people will rise up from poverty only when we work together and help each other. Like it is written in the center of the Haitian flag: “Union Fait la Force” or “There is Strength in Unity.”
Meet Our Founder
My name is Miquette D. McMahon. The story of my childhood is like that of most children in Haiti. However, something rather unusual happened to me, something that made the rest of my story very different. In the fall of 2000 I received a rare opportunity. As a part of Rotary International’s Youth Exchange program, I was offered a chance to spend a year attending Detroit Lakes High School in Minnesota. Having previously learned only limited English, the adjustment was a real challenge for me. Growing up in Haiti gave me the resilience needed to press forward. At the end of my first year in MN, many people were willing to help me pursue my dreams. In 2006, my dreams of becoming a registered nurse came true. In 2007, I returned to my home in Haiti to serve the people and country that I dearly love. Visit www.teachaiti.org for my full story.
As you can see, I was given an opportunity. Someone took a chance on me and I am so grateful for that leap of faith. It is with this in mind that I live to “pay it forward” whenever an occasion is given to me. I started paying it forward with my nonprofit TeacHaiti. The mission of Teachaiti is to help educate underprivileged children in Haiti. I am thankful to have found another way to pay it forward by partnering with some of our local artisans through Haiti’s Hand Print.
Fair Trade like Projects Help Fight Poverty
Haiti's Hand Print is a fair trade program that helps the artisans provide a decent living for their families and hopefully emerge from poverty.
100% Handmade, 100% Unique
Haitians are very proud of their unique and distinctive metal work art. It is known worldwide. Artisans recycle 55-gallon oil drums to give life to the beautiful art seen on the Haiti’s Hand Print website. They first remove the round ends of the drum, then set it on fire to burn off any paint or residue. When the metal has cooled, the artist then cuts the round drum from top to bottom. It is then pounded into a flattened "metal canvas".
With chalk, the design is drawn onto the metal sheet. Then the real art work begins. Using tools such as a hammer and chisel, the shape is cut and the various decorative patterns are pounded into the metal, creating a unique and treasured piece of original art. The finished design is signed by the artist and coated with a protective finish. Each metal art sculpture is very labor intense and truly unique. Each item you see on our site and catalog was created very carefully and passionately by a Haitian artist. Because of the complex designs no two pieces are alike. Your art work is an exceptional piece that you will appreciate for years.