A few months ago, we shared with you our goals to be even more effective as we serve kids in Haiti. Now, we’re excited to give an even more in-depth look at what we’re doing.
At the end of July, in partnership with micro-enterprise experts, we’ll be inviting young adults from our programs, their caregivers, and local church members to attend a micro-enterprise workshop. Each of these aspiring leaders are either interested in running their own small business or already do. They have a wide variety of business ideas and skills — current businesses include chicken and goat farms, retail and hardware shops, a bakery, and construction crews.
Everyone will create a business plan during the workshop and afterward we will choose two to four people to invest in. Our partners have had success with this model in several other countries, and we have high expectations for these exceptional leaders in Haiti.
How does micro-enterprising help us meet our goals?
- Spiritual Development: By strengthening the local church and guiding believers to see business as a mission, we are creating even more opportunities to intervene in the lives of those involved in Voodoo.
- Education: Our ability to engage local small businesses in hiring and mentoring allows us to engage with older teens and young adults, expanding the age range of kids we serve.
- Health: Some of these new small businesses will be agricultural, providing nutritional food for our programs.
We will be investing anywhere from $100 to $2,000 into each small business. These businesses will help to not only strengthen the local economy and church, but provide support for the children and families we serve.
If you’d like to be a part of helping us succeed, you can give online today.