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CAH was founded in 1973 to help rural craftspeople sell their wares in Port-au-Prince, to provide income and to help reduce the flow of migration from the countryside to the city. CAH helps artisans earn a living from their skills. The economic situation in Haiti is bleak, and the need for income generation is great. CAH craft sales often are the sole income source for artisans and their families. The non profit CAH, Haitian Committee of Artisans, markets and exports crafts made by 800 Haitian artisans, through 170 cooperatives and craft groups. CAH provides marketing and promotional expertise, training in literacy and business skills for artisans, fair wages and advances on orders, and financial assistance in case of health emergencies. CAH artisans sell their work through local tourist sales and for export through the fair trade market.