In February W.O.M.E.N. received a grant from Project LEVE and USAID that will allow for:
the training of 40-50 women
the addition of two full-time employees
the construction and opening of a new atelier and boutik in Cap Haitien located a few blocks from the Roi Christophe Hotel
a new and much needed POS System to track production, inventory and sales.
As a result W.O.M.E.N. expects to increase membership from 100+ members to 200+ members by 2017 as well as add new projects and expand its product line to include rug making and a line of beach and lounge wear.
Stay tuned for more exciting developments in 2016!
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2009- A small group of women from northern Haiti form an organization they called “Asosiayasyon Tel Kole Peyizan Milot” (The Peasant Women’s Association of Milot.) Their goal was to provide a platform of solidarity for social and economic growth for members. They met to work on sewing projects and talk about how they could improve life for themselves and their families by selling more of what they made. Unbeknownst to them, many of the goods they made were outdated. Despite their careful craftsmanship, times had changed.
2010- A devastating earthquake hit Port-au-Prince on January 12th. Hospitals located near the epicenter were either damaged, destroyed or already overflowing, forcing many of the injured to make the difficult and painful trip north through rugged mountains to Milot where they could be treated at the renowned Hôpital Sacré Coeur. As local doctors and nurses rushed to administer medical care, the women of Milot took action to comfort the injured and grieving families. You see, in Haiti, the daily needs of hospital patients are routinely taken care of by family members however many of the injured arrived alone or with little or no family or financial support. The dedication shown by the women of Milot to total strangers, combined with the heroic measures undertaken by the medical staff at Hôpital Sacré Coeur comforted and saved thousands of lives. U. S. volunteers were so inspired by the dedication of the women of Milot that they wanted to help. Their efforts ultimately lead to the creation of The Women of Milot Entrepreneurial Network. By May W.O.M.E.N. identified more marketable products using the same skill sets the women were already using and organized the first of many week-long training seminars.
2011- A fully equipped sewing co-op was established at Milot’s Cultural Center, Lakou Lakay. A second co-op, affectionally named "Milot House", followed. Sales began in earnest and W.O.M.E.N. realized its future serving women in Haiti.
W.O.M.E.N. Haitian women are renowned for their creativity in quilting, jewelry making, painting and much more. The colorful handiworks they create reveal their zest for success and reflect the beauty of the Haitian culture. With training, support and the right tools, women are able to build their own at home, cottage style business that enable her to earn a real living wage and dream bigger than she ever thought possible. The results are inspiring. Women who were once downtrodden and without hope are now some of the most highly regarded members of their communities treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
2016- The future is brighter than ever before for W.O.M.E.N. and it's members. We're working hard to broaden our reach, create more co-ops, expand our product line and increase awareness about the importance of helping those less fortunate.
2012- W.O.M.E.N. moved its base of operations to a workshop in Cap Haitien. It continued its training program to include women living in more rural areas. Many lived too far from town to commute each day to work, others ran into problems with child and family care. W.O.M.E.N. soon realized that an "at home mom" could also be an "at home businesswoman". This lead to our current structure of creating and supporting independent cooperatives. Co-op leaders periodically come to our main workshop to pick up and drop off their work while working day-to-day from home.
2014- W.O.M.E.N. has expanded its product line and partnered with like-minded organizations such as The Haven Partnership. The Haven Partnership focuses on building community housing and providing clean water and proper sanitation, however they are very aware of the shortage of jobs and have included training programs in sewing and carpentry for each of the communities they serve. Together W.O.M.E.N. and Haven started our largest sewing co-op to date for nearly 40 women in the remote town of Gonaives.
2015- W.O.M.E.N. expanded its sales network and partnered with Cap Haitien businesswoman, Chantal Laroche, to open Artisan Boutik located on the upper level of the American Airlines Departure Lounge in the Cap Haitien airport.
THE WOMEN OF MILOT ENTREPRENEURIAL NETWORK (W.O.M.E.N.) is excited to share the life-changing experiences of this unique venture. As we partner with women in Haiti and like-minded organizations to create sustainable business opportunities, we see firsthand the power of women supporting women. Visit our website often to check out our progress and share in our challenges and accomplishments along the way.
Marie Louise Baker, Project LEVE Apparel Team Leader; Robin Padberg, Project LEVE Chief of Party; Deborah Couri-D'Amico, Founder and Executive Director OF W.O.M.E.N.
February 26, 2106
Project LEVE Headquarters
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