The program aims to create a sustainable business in Port au Prince, Haiti. Co-Directors Dara, 23, and Brett, 20, will work with The Afya Foundation to begin employing furniture makers in Haiti, in an effort to provide furniture for thousands of people living in IDP camps, impact the local environment/need for sanitation solutions, and create a sustainable employment opportunity for people with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities (often, the people who are most marginalized).
Empty plastic bottles are littered everywhere in Port au Prince. This overabundance of trash creates an opportunity to re-purpose the plastic bottle garbage by developing a business model that will generate ongoing employment for many disabled individuals or caregivers of disabled children, living in IDP settlements.
The potential for market penetration with this vitally needed service/product is high. This furniture program marks a design/development response targeted by Dara, a young engineer, and Brett, an architecture student, that directly correlates to the needs assessed by Afya, namely the empowerment of those disabled during the earthquake. This model has the potential to become a microfinance program in which bottle makers can pay initial investments back once a steady income has been established.
The program will be expanded to include 10 cottage industry set-ups in Port-au-Prince, 10 trained and employed furniture makers, 10 local seamstresses employed at each site, 20 employed bottle collectors (2 per site), and 1 Haitian Project Manager. As the program continues to develop, all furniture makers will be encouraged to take on apprentices and additional bottle collectors after the microloan has been repaid.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,167
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $17,833
Total Funding Goal: $20,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).