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Maker Update: Haiti Projects

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments

  • Deborah Says:

    God Bless your participation in the restoration of Haiti. I will continue to do business with The Grommet.

  • Arthur Walker Says:

    KEEP UP THIS GREAT MISSION WORK!!!

    I applaud your efforts and Grommet's work with the women of
    Haiti. What about mission work for men who are interested in
    providing for their families.

    Sincerely,
    Arthur Walker

  • john Says:

    the Haiti project caught my eye prior to shutting off the computer for the night. It's really cool what you're doing in Haiti and hope you continue to grow, support the local need and make a REAL difference! kudos

  • James Says:

    An outstanding organization. With great products and reasonable prices.

  • D A Says:

    These look like really nice nightgowns for teeny tiny women. XL is size 12-14??? Have you ever thought about including sizes that many, many women wear which would be something in the 20-22-24 range? Just a thought.

  • Merry Haack Says:

    Kristin, please let me see what they are choosing to share with us to purchase.... Angel hugs I care!

  • sfreiman Says:

    How do I find Haiti Project products?

  • Tori Says:

    Hi sfreiman, you can find them right here on The Grommet: https://www.thegrommet.com/haiti-projects

  • Deborah Says:

    Knowing about the project and the good it is creating makes me feel wonderful. I will look here first before a trip to a big-box store.
    DeborahElaine

  • Ruby Williams Says:

    these women are doing superlative work.

  • Jackie ryan Says:

    I have three nightgowns and have given them as gifts.

  • Terry Says:

    The nightgown I ordered was just as beautiful as your description. I know my mother-in-law will love it.
    The work being done to help the people of Haiti is amazing and exciting. Keep it going and growing!!!

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