“Men anpil chay pa lou. / Many hands make the load lighter.” -Haitian proverb
According to the United Nations, “when more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labor force participation . . . results in faster economic growth. Evidence from a range of countries shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women . . . changes spending in ways that benefit children” (http://www.unwomen.org/). Women have tremendous potential to change their own economic status. In Haiti, many women have the overwhelming responsibility of being the sole means of support for themselves and their families.
COVER UP HAITI: WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP
In response to the coronavirus crisis, ISA launched COVER UP HAITI, a COVID-19 and hunger prevention project. When started, most Haitians did not have masks to prevent the spread of the virus or enough money to buy food due to extreme shortages.
COVER UP HAITI was a women’s entrepreneur project. ISA supplied women in local churches with a small financial investment to purchase materials to create medical masks to sell in their local communities. The revenue that they generated could be used to feed their families.
Working in collaborative teams, these ladies created and sold 6,000 masks throughout their communities. They were able to triple the net profit on the initial investment; and therefore, generate enough income to feed their hungry families for several weeks. In addition, they learned vital financial and entrepreneurial life-skills.
Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and for helping to make COVER UP HAITI a huge success. We learned a lot, and ISA is using this knowledge to develop new women's entrepreneurial projects.
If you have ideas, we're listening. If you want to get involved, contact us.
ISA . PO Box 307 . Walton, KY 41094 . 859.938.9070