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Fair Trade group Comité Artisanal Haïtien (CAH) helps Haitians rebuild their lives by enabling rural craftspeople to earn a living from their skills. The economic situation in Haiti is bleak, and the need for income generation is great. For many, the money earned is not just supplemental income, but often the sole source of support for artisans and their families. Although education is technically compulsory in Haiti, only about 40 percent of children can actually afford to go to school; product sales through Ten Thousand Villages help make this schooling possible. Besides fair wages and advances on orders, artisans also receive financial assistance in case of health emergencies.