July 28 - Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart visits Haiti to explore new opportunities for the island's artisans, to supply her line of home products. Sophia Soo reports.
Martha Stewart, and Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren arrived in Haiti to look at developing businesses in the impoverished and quake-devastated nation. Stewart, who is turning 70 next week, visited workshops, where handicrafts are made for Macy's "Heart of Haiti" programme. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEWART SAYING: "The purpose of the trip is to inform us about the fine artisans that exist here in Haiti. I came down with Terry Lundgren from Macy's where I have a line of product for the home and we are looking to see if we can do business." The group also visited an artisans' village. Lundgren said the important thing was to know they were helping the people there. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LUNDGREN SAYING: "The good news is that we were just looking and talking about some of the beautiful wood products here. I'm learning about the products first hand, I've seen them in our store but to be here and to listen to the artist and to have the artist tell me, that the order we've just given this artist is going to put food on the table for three months for a group of artisans, that is a very powerful message." The group also met Haiti President Michel Martelly, who said it was a great opportunity to promote their cultures overseas. Stewart's empire includes publishing, broadcasting and merchandising. But revenue fell by more than a quarter between 2007 and 2010, though its stock market value remains above 200 million U.S. dollars. Sophia Soo, Reuters.