|©2000 Lòbèy. All rights reserved. Designed and maintained by Romuald Blanchard
|Andre Louis Charles and three members of his staff
The aim of our involvement is to create income to stimulate the development of the artisanat
and the creation of jobs condusive to family stability, community welfare and economic
self-reliance in these heavily populated neighborhoods of the Haitian capital where
poverty,scarcity and crime rule. Indeed for eleven years now, we have strived and have
produced income that allowed young boys and girls to attend school, that made it possible for
entire family to have access to decent food and shelter.
A "Callebasse" tree is located in the yard at the Rue Saint
Alexandre location where Andre Louis Charles and his crew
work on transforming callebasses into tchatchas.
This war for survival is still
being waged on many other
fronts, we are constantly
looking and searching for new
markets and consumers for the
products. However, the battle
seems to take a turn for the
worst; political upheaval, social
chaos and economic disaster
have characterized Haiti in the
past couple of years. This state
of affairs plus the falling
demand for the Haitian
tchatchas on american and
european markets sometimes
bring our activities to a
Fashionist Tchatchas initially produced tchatchas to
be sold locally to Carnival enthusiasts during Mardi
Gras in Port-au-Prince and other localities near the
For Andre Louis Charles and its crew, the bulk of
the production and the sale centered around the
specific months of February and March every year,
though the purchase and collection of the raw
material started months in advance. This difficult
task is accomplished through tough trips to remote
areas of the country in search of "Callebasse" trees.
The agricultural industry in Haiti is not concerned with the farming of the Callebasse trees.
The callebasse trees grow in the wilds; they are harvested without much care but nevertheless
provide their fruits years after years. Fashionist Tchatchas is headed by its owner and general
manager Andre Louis Charles at two locations close to the Port-au-Prince's Cemetery, Ruelle
Cameau and Ruelle and Rue Saint Alexandre.
For the past eleven years,Lòbèy has performed the marketing and promotion of Fashionist
Tchatchas products in the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe. The Lobey team took
tchatchas to the Haitian Roots Music Festival in Miami, Florida, The Goombay Festival in
Coconut Grove, Florida, Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Florida, the Eastern Parkway Carnival
in Brooklyn, New York, the Franklin Park Carnival in Boston, Massachussets, the Montreal
Jazz Festival in Montreal Canada, the Smithsonian Expo 2004 in Washinton DC.