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Haiti Arts Thrive Again Because Of Boost From Advocacy Groups (PHOTOS)

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In this Dec. 9, 2012 photo, a worker prepares a piece of art at the Fritz Calixte's Arts and Crafts shop in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Three years after a devastating earthquake rocked this impoverished country, there’s still not much economic traction, but one small niche is taking off: Arts and crafts. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) | AP

-- MAKING IT IN HAITI: Three years after a devastating earthquake, there's still not much economic traction in this impoverished Caribbean country, but arts and crafts have taken off.

CRAFTING RECOVERY: The artisan industry is enjoying a boost from advocacy groups that organize workers and improve quality. Big retailers like Macy's and Anthropologie and three high-end designers are among those working with at least five artisan groups to export arts and crafts.

ART START: The number of artisans has increased thanks in part to more than $3 million from groups like the Inter-American Development Bank and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

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