When Jhonson Augustin’s father left Haiti, his mother took on the full responsibility of caring for and supporting her 11 children. Aware of the family’s financial strain, Augustin began learning the art of cut metal work as a child.
Once he finished school, this determined artisan went on to study under the locally reknowned artist Serbe Jolimeau. After proving that his skill matched that of his teacher, Augustin assumed the role of master artisan, helping underprivileged young people in Haiti to pursue this craft.
“Cut metal work represents the wealth of Croix des Bouquets. This is what has made the city famous.” he says. “This is what God gave me to live; I support my family. I am building a house and I am providing for others.”