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Eco-Friendly Girl-owned Microenterprises in Haiti

by Haiti Adolescent Girls Network (HAGN)
Eco-Friendly Girl-owned Microenterprises in Haiti
Eco-Friendly Girl-owned Microenterprises in Haiti
Eco-Friendly Girl-owned Microenterprises in Haiti
Eco-Friendly Girl-owned Microenterprises in Haiti

Dear Friend of HAGN Girls, 

 I am so happy to share with you the final report on our eco-friendly girl micro-entrepreneurs project.
Thanks to your support, during the life of the project Solino girls benefited from training and access to solar ovens. Two additional girls were part of a cooking and baking class from September 10 to October 6th 2018.

After the fourteen other girls received their solar ovens and after working on their business plan, a total of five girls were able to submit their plan by identifying what they really wanted to achieve. But while waiting to set up their businesses, they participate in income-generating activities.

It was an honor for us to learn that, one of our graduates, signed a a contract with an organization to work as a chef.Anothergraduate,is planning to make some cake to sale in schools with her mom during the school year. Those young girls are trying their best to reinforce their empowerment.

Overall, a total of eighteen girls were trained in solino and sixteen of themhave access to a solar cook stoves..

While we have not been able to raise all the funds, we are happy and proud of these young women on behalf of whom HAGN is expressing its most heartfelt gratitude for your contribution and support in making a lasting change in their life

We thank everyone for your support for those girls. 

With deepest gratitude,

 

Myriam

Preparing for the little chat
Preparing for the little chat

Dear Friend of HAGN Girls,

 I am so happy to share progress on our eco-friendly girl micro-entrepreneurs project.

 Following receipt of their solar cookstoves, “Little Chat by Solar Cooking” took place in May and June with the girls in the Solino community. These chats were an opportunity to strengthen collaborative work among the girls.

 The activity started with a quick preparation of one of their specials. Once the recipe was ready and set in one of their solar cook stove, the graduates shared ideas for their small enterprises.

 It was amazing to see how the girls had given some thoughts to the type of the products that would sell well and the key selling points, like their neighborhoods, schools, etc. Some of the products they are considering producing are cupcakes, sweet potatoe breads, cookies, and more... Some of them have already formed a partnership for catering services.

 The chats took place in a very friendly atmosphere with regular checking of the day’s special. The girls also developed a draft business plan and concluded their “Little Chat by Solar Cooking” with a tasty snack.

 I would like to thank you very much for making it possible for those girls to become micro entrepreneurs. Considering the violent events in Haiti these past few days, girls need support more than ever to help them break the cycle of violence and poverty.

 Sixteen more poor girls are counting on support from other people like you to help empower them. Help us spread the word to help collect the remaining funds to help make it happen. Please consider sharing with your friends, colleagues, and networks.

 With my deepest gratitude,

 

Myriam

little chat
little chat
Preparation for cooking cake
Preparation for cooking cake
Ready for yummy snack
Ready for yummy snack
Class photo
Class photo

 

Dear Friend of Hagn Girls,

It is with great joy and pride that I am sharing news on our first class of girl micro-entrepreneurs.

On March 28, 2018, in the presence of parents and friends, fifteen out of sixteen girls received their certificate as a result of successful completion of a cooking and baking training.   Over the course of three months, sixteen girls benefited from a training program that included personal development, entrepreneurship, cooking and baking, and the use of eco-friendly cooking equipment.

The certificate provided by the board of education following successful completion of the cooking and baking training will help the graduates access jobs in the sector or start micro enterprises using their solar panel.

Thanks to your support, the newly trained micro-entrepreneurs are on their way to autonomy; like Stevencia, one of the participants, said “ Now, I feel empowered!”

Over the course of the next few months, as we continue to raise enough support to provide training to a second group of sixteen girls, the graduates will be meeting regularly to work collaboratively and continue building their skills.  

With our deepest gratitude,

Myriam 

Participant photo, with mother in the background
Participant photo, with mother in the background

Dear Friend of Hagn Girls,

It is with great joy and excitement that I am sharing news on our Eco-Friendly Girl-Owned Micro-Enterprises in Haiti project.

Meet Schnadine, a 20-year old girl participant.  Schnadine has been living with her mother and brother in the community of Solino for several years.  Ever since the death of her father, many years ago, her mother has been struggling to put her brother and her to school by working afternoons and nights as a cooked food street vendor.  In the poor community of Solino, girls and youth face many challenges daily that come with living in a resource-scarce environment, like early pregnancy and marriage.  However, thanks to the safe space group network she’s been participating in and the support of her mother, Schnadine has navigated life roadblocks safely.  However, many challenges remain to be overcome by Schnadine in order to make the best of the high school education she’s received and be fully empowered.

Over the next two months and starting December 15, thanks to your support, Schnadine and fifteen other adolescent girls from the Solino community will be receiving training to help them become young micro-entrepreneurs.  The training program includes various modules, including personal development, entrepreneurship, cooking and baking, and the use of eco-friendly cooking equipment.  The personal development module will help participants prepare for the employment sector by teaching them how to write a resume and a motivation letter and prepare for a job interview.  A four-day entrepreneurship module will help them learn the skills necessary to prepare a basic business plan, calculate costs and keep records efficiently, among other things.

The cooking and baking module will take place over an entire month, during which, Monday through Saturday, the participants will learn cooking and baking skills. As part of the training program, solar cook stoves whose shipment is already on its way, will be integrated, following training on their use, in the girls’ practice group. The training will take place on a compound located near the Solino community, using a mobile kitchen to facilitate access for the girls. 

Under successful completion of the cooking and baking training, the participants will receive a certificate approved by the National Institute of Vocational Training of the Board Education.  The graduation of this first promotion of adolescent and youth entrepreneurs is scheduled for early February.

As I continue to share with you on how our girls are faring on this exciting journey to economic empowerment, I would like once again to thank you for helping make a difference.

With our deepest gratitude,

Myriam

 

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Haiti Adolescent Girls Network (HAGN)

Location: Port-au-Prince - Haiti
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Twitter: @haitigirlsntwk
Haiti Adolescent Girls Network (HAGN)
Myriam Narcisse
Project Leader:
Myriam Narcisse
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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