Bringing business back to Haiti
07 July 2011
Other Caritas programmes in Haiti are tackling the longer-term problem of the poverty trap while at the same time helping people get back on their feet after the tragedy of January 2010. Caritas Slovakia noticed that local businesswomen were struggling to keep their enterprises afloat after the earthquake. So many Haitians were hard up they couldn’t afford to buy things like clothes in the markets so the women stallholders were about to go bust.
A couple in front of their new house built with the support of Caritas Austria.
Caritas Slovakia launched a micro-finance programme, “Mothers of the Market”, in June, starting with 20 women. The women were given business training to complement the practical experience they already had and a one-off grant of $500. Another 30 women began training in October. One of them is Daphney Nozan, a 26-year-old single mother with a seven-year-old daughter. Daphne’s clothes stall was failing but began to prosper again after the training: she made a clever switch to selling underwear, which meant she did not have to rent a large stall. “It’s saved my business,” said Daphne, “I could buy more stock to sell and not get into debt. I can send my daughter to school on the bus, make sure there is enough to eat at home and I am sure my business will grow more now.”
Caritas Internationalis launched a Flash Appeal soon after the earthquake for emergency funding to run until the end of April 2010. Sixty-three Caritas members across all seven regions of the confederation contributed.
The appeal funds provided:
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