Women of Milot (Haiti) needs help to expand on its success
Organized by: Deborah Couri D'Amico
The Women of Milot Entrepreneurial Network (W.O.M.E.N.), creates meaningful work for underserved women in Haiti through a line of beautifully crafted goods.
For more than five year we've operated successfully without public funding. Today we are at a cross roads. Either expand, or let go the opportunity to help more women. Sales of our goods are very strong but transitioning to the next level requires a larger investment. Despite spending thousands for additional space, equipment, materials and supplies, we need funds to hire a PROJECT MANAGER to coordinate the overflow of new projects.
The majority of women in our program have no formal education and no prospect for work. W.O.M.E.N. provides the training, materials, equipment and support needed to allow each women who demonstrates her committment to the program to set up her own at-home business.
In a country where the average daily wage is less than $3 a day, our members earn between $15 and $30 a day. Each has a savings account and her children attend school. It's life changing. Some are even building homes . . . unheard of for single mothers in Haiti.
Since we began in 2010, I have operated W.O.M.E.N. alone as a volunteer. I do not take a salary and I pay my own travel costs to and from Haiti each month. The project has one full-time employee based at our Cap Haitien workshop. We struggle to keep up and need the help of a full-time PROJECT MANAGER to take this program to the next level.
The good news is - sales have grown consistently since we began in 2010.
2011: Less than $5,500.
2015: On track to exceed $90,000.
The addition of a PROJECT MANAGER should allow us to reach our goal of $200,000 in sales within the first year by taking charge of bringing many new products to the marketplace.
Please consider helping The Women of Milot Entrepreneurial Network reach its next milestone and transition from a regional program with 200 women members, to a countrywide business that includes more than 500 women members.
Thank you so very much.