When we launched Haiti Projects on The Grommet five years ago, they were already an organization we were proud to stand behind. By employing women in Haiti to make nightgowns, the mission was not only to provide them with access to income, but also education, family-planning resources, and microloans. We recently caught up with the organization and were blown away by their progress since launch.
Haiti Projects continues to employ about 90 women, they are the second largest employer in the Fond-des-Blancs region of Haiti. This year, they provided every single employee a 3% living wage increase, and promoted five employees to supervisory positions. Over the next two years, their goal is to add an additional 100 jobs to the organization. This year, they began a beekeeping initiative which has allowed them to hire four male beekeepers and produce 50 gallons of 100% organic honey.
Haiti Projects has also formed a 64-person female soccer team, in which each of the members receives access to health and hygiene classes, family planning services, and leadership training. In exchange, the members are required to do community service, which includes activities such as reading to kids, picking up trash, or helping with some of the services.
Another exciting initiative for the organization is a new library which they have been able to build for the Fond-des-Blancs community. This library provides access to books, internet, and classes, as well as a children’s literacy program that hosts 25 kids.
Finally, Haiti Projects had enough money this year to purchase a motorcycle, which allows them to reach eight outlying villages to hold their family planning clinics.
Haiti Projects attributes much of their success to you, Grommet supporters. So remember to Buy Differently –because your products can, and do, make a difference.
To learn more about Haiti Project, watch our video here.