As you may remember, I visited Haiti last May. I went there to donate my time and provide business training to local artisans. While there we traveled around Haiti meeting artisans that make products for stores like Macy’s in their “trade not aid” initiative. Along the way, we visited a small group of women still living in tent camps in a ravine.
Somehow this small group of women & their children have been pretty much missed by the NGO’s. Before the earthquake, most of them had small street stalls where they sold goods. After the earthquake, they had nothing and when it rains in the ravine, they basically get flooded. Despite that, they have hope and a few small skills.
What they’ve done is formed a collective called OFEDA (translation, Organization of Women Devoted to Action) & my friends and I trying to help get them back on their feet.
They’ve learned how to make soap & embroider these simple cards and are hoping to develop a cottage industry around that. They really are on their way – they just need financial help getting the office set up and developing more of an infrastructure. My friends and I have launched an Indie Gogo site & together we are trying to raise $5000 – there are only five of us, so we are reaching out to all our family, friends, coworkers and asking if you would consider making a small donation. Anything you give can and will make a difference.
I hope to make it back to Haiti next year and when I go I’ll be able to see what a difference your donation has made. Thank you for your consideration and if you have any questions please let me know.