The artisans themselves make significantly less. They're paid by the piece or the hour, but prolific workers earn more than Haiti's minimum wage â¿¿ 200 gourdes a day, which is less than $5. Albert said some of his workers take home twice that amount.

Albert said the family business he inherited has benefited from the new demand for Haitian crafts. It now brings in $60,000 to $80,000 a year, twice the amount before the earthquake, and he invests part of the proceeds in a school he runs to train craft workers.

"People say that my family was right to call me Einstein because we provide quality," he said.


Associated Press writer Trenton Daniel reported this story in Port-au-Prince and Martha Mendoza reported from Santa Cruz, California.

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