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Martha Stewart, Rachel Roy Help Local Crafters in Haiti

07/29/2011 at 04:30 PM ET

Martha Stewart, Rachel Roy in HaitiCourtesy Macy’s

She may be turning 70 next week, but that didn’t stop Martha Stewart from traveling to Haiti on Wednesday — along with designer Rachel Roy and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren — to meet with local artisans who’ve put their creative skills to work in the wake of 2010′s devastating earthquake. The trio met crafters in the village of Croix-des-Bouquets and offered advice on ideas and developing new products. As it turns out, Macy’s has been selling Haitian products for nearly a year through Fairwinds Trading, employing 450 artisans countrywide in an initiative supported in part by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. “Our relationships in Haiti show how retail can change the world,” Lundgren said in a release. “With a little planning and a little effort, we can open up opportunities for people largely excluded from global commerce. The resulting income has a profound impact for artisan families and a ripple effect in their communities.” –Kate Hogan

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