An elderly friend gave me several pieces of what I believe are sea
tortoise shell that her deceased husband collected probably 60 years
ago around Tahiti. Can I make things from this shell and legally
I have a project to give 7 Haitians in Port-au-Prince a way to earn
a living by making bead and wire jewelry. I try to sell what they
make - they can make more than I can sell. We now have a website -
. Please advise on ways I can increase sales of
this kind of jewelry. We did have one catalog order this year, which
I hope to continue, for which we made 600 pieces. This order made a
huge difference in the amount received by workers. I mostly provide
the materials free to the workers, but when I got the order for 600
pieces, it was too large for me to carry, so I repaid myself for
that one. Last year they got an average of a little over $200 U.S.
(National average income in Haiti is $250 U.S.) This year they have
already earned over $500 U.S. each. I need more markets so we can
expand our group and give more people a way to feed their families.
Katrina was bad, but Haiti is like New Orleans after Katrina every
day of every year.