Friday, April 20, 2012

Batik classes progress in Gonaives, Haiti

Afternoon breezes (and no rain, so far) have made for a pleasant outdoor classroom at the Episcopal Rectory compound in Gonaives. Twenty-one women (in 3 groups) are learning the batik process from artists Beth and Jonathan Evans.  Jonathan's French skills are a boon! Next week a group of five (of the poorer women--who also happen to be very engaged with the work) will approach Haiti's alternative bank/micro-finance institution Fonkoze about on-going support for the project.  They will be able to continue their work at the Episcopal Church compound for now, but may eventually need their own dedicated space as group size grows.  Upon arrival in Port-au-Prince April 12, we toured the colorful shop of the Comite Artisanal Haitien, where Director Gisele Fleurant offered to sell products.  We'll do some marketing in the US also, and hope to do online sales.