Empowering Artisans to Become Entrepreneurs: Inspiring Stories at BID's 'Cultural Friday

At the International Development Bank's "Cultural Friday", held on October 20 on the bank's premises, a panel of experts moderated by Frantz Duval debated the question: "How can artisans be transformed into entrepreneurs?". Mackendy Smith, CEO of Mak pa nou and shoemaker for 25 years, and Christelle Chignard Paul, founder of Atelier Calla, presented their careers to the audience.

Jonasson Odigène
Par Jonasson Odigène
06 Nov 2023 | Lecture : 3 min.

For this second event, experienced shoemaker Mackendy Smith and Christelle Chignard Paul spoke about the trajectory of their respective initiatives, Mak pa nou for the former and Atelier Calla for the latter.

A Quarter Century as a Cobbler

Mackendy Paul recounted his early experiences in cobbling. He also shared the challenges he faced, including fires in his workshop on Rue des Fronts-Forts in 2003 and 2004 due to political turmoil, and the looting during the riots of 2008. During his presentation, he sp


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