1. Introduction The Louise Gabriel Foundation was created in September 2017 in the City of Gonaives, Haiti. Its purpose is to improve the lives of youth, women and the underprivileged of the Department of Artibonite. The foundation creates programs that close the gaps in education, health for women and youths and sustained living to the poor. Once fully operational The Foundation's humanitarian activities will empower women, give opportunities to youths and improve the lving conditions of the poor, and will strengthen the most vulnerable communities in the Artibonite Department . Headed by a physician, The Foundation started with the founders' personal funds and has successfully ma... read more 1. Introduction The Louise Gabriel Foundation was created in September 2017 in the City of Gonaives, Haiti. Its purpose is to improve the lives of youth, women and the underprivileged of the Department of Artibonite. The foundation creates programs that close the gaps in education, health for women and youths and sustained living to the poor. Once fully operational The Foundation's humanitarian activities will empower women, give opportunities to youths and improve the lving conditions of the poor, and will strengthen the most vulnerable communities in the Artibonite Department . Headed by a physician, The Foundation started with the founders' personal funds and has successfully managed its budget to implement a series of programs with impacts that are already visible. The Foundation has been successful in developing various partnerships with various notable organizations such as Food for the poor, and other government delegations in Haiti. 1. Mission and Desired Impact The organization fulfils its mission through three channels: Empowering Women -Micro credit loans, equipment donations and training that help women build sustainable and successful businesses, Educational and Training opportunities for all - Based on the philosophy that everyone should have access to education, "The education for all" program provides assistance to allow underprivileged youths to have the means and resources to attend school. The program also provides some academic components which includes literacy in the rural areas for the elderly, and agricultural training. Free Access to Health Care : Headed by the founder who is a physician, the foundation provides health care services which include general care, preventative care and regular mobile clinics throughout the Artibonite area. 2. Accomplishments of the Louise Gabrielle Foundation Since September 2017, the Louise Gabrielle Foundation has worked unrelentingly to improve the socio economic development ofi with programs that give access to education, trade training, medical assistance, and food during famine periods. Our accomplishments so far include: Micro credit loan program for Women : The program has started so far with minimal monetary donation and inkind donations. More than 50 women so far have received some kind of aid with small credit and donations of sewing machines. Access to Education: Student Sponsorships fundraising: we organized sponsorship activities at 8 cities . With the help of local community leaders, school teachers and donors we secured sponsors to provide school supplies for 1600 students and school tuition for 500 students in grades K to 12. The cities involved include: Terre Neuve, Anse Rouge, Ennery, Marmelade, L' Estere, Desdunes, Grande Saline, Liancourt. School support: Cyber Cafes; With a strong support by other governmental organizations, we donated computer equipment ( laptops and desktops ) for cyber cafes and to secondary institutions in three cities More than 7 secondary education institutions have received computers and cyber cafes in the city of St Marc. 50 desktops and 30 laptops were donated in Gonaives 14 laptops were donated in Gros Morne 48 desktops were donated in St Marc Management The fund is managed by a board who oversees management of the fund and defines the strategy, required financing and related activities. The board evaluates and appraises the loans on a weekly basis. Board members are non paying members. Staffing Accountant who takes applications, evaluate business models and presents the application to the board for approval . The accountant also manages the disbursement and collection activities and writes regular reports. Analyst who is in charge of marketing communications, and administrative support for the accountant and board. She is also involved in marketing activities. All staff including board members participate in communication marketing, through word of mouth, community events, and door to door. Marketing /Communications The programs are communicated to the local communities through community events, flyers and bill boards, word of mouth, and door to door. Projects: Project I Empowering Women The Louise Gabriel Foundation Micro credit loan Program for Women Most households of the poorest population in Haiti are led by women as single parents, with the women sometimes struggling to provide for multiple children. Girls are not encouraged to pursue secondary education let alone technical careers. Although women occupy a majority of the population, they are underrepresented in all aspects of Haitian lives. Women are intimidated to participate in politics, professional workforce, and businesses. It is a well -documented fact that women are better at planning and managing money in a business and are far more likely than men to input profits arising therefrom into the household. When women are able to run businesses successfully they are also strengthening the family unit. It is therefore important to create an environment that strengthens the position of women in the society by giving them the opportunities to flourish and contribute to a healthy ecosystem of successful businesses. Empowering Haitian women will also create role models for younger generations and help to erase gender based bias and stereotypes and other prejudices that lead to many forms of abuse of women in the Haitian society. Research has also shown that women are far more likely than men to repay their loan. However they have fewer or no access to bank loans, or personal capital for their own businesses. Micro loans issuances with well managed risks and well defined business plans can help to decrease the credit gap for women. To that end we are working to develop a sustainable, strong micro credit program for women. Target We will focus lending to women owned agricultural businesses consisting of up to 5 employees. We plan on starting with the 12 neediest villages in the department, and we forecast giving an initially to 400 women per village for a total of 4800 businesses. Operational plan To assure the success of this program, it is important to start on a strong foundation with a funding portfolio capable of serving at least 30% of the target population. Having a plan that touches multiple cities at once will allows us to take advantage of economies of scale, to better manaqe our risks and to have a quicker turnaround of the capital. We plan on initially giving out on average 20,000 Haitian gourdes (HTG) loans that are payable in 2 years. As the debt is repaid the borrower will be eligible for supplemental loan based on evaluation of their financial profile, and how well they had managed their business. The interest and capital collected from payment of the loans will be reinvested into the fund to finance more businesses. Training / Sustainability A vital part of this program will be the training that will be provided to program recipients. The ultimate goal is that upon the two year program most business owners can become financially independent and will minimally depend on the program for financial support. To achieve that we need to help owners define and select businesses that are sustainable and that are in alignment with their goal, competencies and passion. We provide support from the beginning and throughout the project life. Our Training and Sustainability program covers: Business plans,( market, Product, Pricing) Financial Management ( Planning, Investing, reinvesting) Business expansion Access to one on one counseling, mentorships, and networking opportunities with successful business leaders in their fields, Financing Needed The efforts put forth by the Foundation has so far proven very impactful to the communities where they were implemented but we require more funding in order to reach a larger population that will make meaningful impact for the whole Artibonite Department. We project to initially extend loans in the amount of 20,000 HTG (220 USD) to 5000 women in Agricultural, trade and commerce, spread out over 12 communes. As principal and interest are repaid, we will extend to a larger group. The table below gives a more detailed overview of the project and its potential impact. Project II Educational, and Training Opportunities for all Haiti compared to other countries in the caribbean lags considerably in terms of education with a lo educated population. The lack of strong public education policies lead to an elitist system where only the most affluents have access to education and training. This vicious cycle produces a very socially segregated population which filtrates in all aspects of the society. Those living in the poor areas don't have access to adequate electricity, thereby light for studying have to travel far to get to school, and spend most of the day hungry ( school is far from home, and no money for restaurant). Even the most motivated struggle considerably everyday to have the means to attend school on a regular basis. We at the Fondation Louise Gabriel believe that everyone should have the resources to allow them to adequately attend school. We constantly seek partners to sponsor students by providing them, school supplies, and assist with tuition and sometimes stipend. Operations We fulfill our goal by opening the application to all potential students. We use a need assessment process to understand the socio economic situation of the specific student. We Then look at the measures and options that could eliminate the barriers to allow the student to succeed in school. Most applications are answered with scholarship with in kind and cash gifts. Our Needs: In order to have maximum impact we ar
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