Relief and Recovery for Haiti Disaster Survivors

by Mercy Corps
Vetted
Oct 14, 2011

Tatie's Home, a bakery in Port-au-Prince

Photo: Jinell Smithmyer/MicroMentor
Photo: Jinell Smithmyer/MicroMentor
Tatie grew up in a family of seven children, and wanted to own her own business since she was a little girl. While just a young student, Tatie's mother passed away and Tatie began raising her younger brother and god-daughter. She made them fried fritters to take to school for lunch, which were so delicious that they would sell them straight out of their lunchboxes. Seeing the potential in her culinary talents, Tatie began slowly building Tatie's Home, her bakery and catering business. After a number of years as a small, informal enterprise, Tatie's Home began to expand and land larger customers.
Then the January 12 earthquake hit, and everything changed.
The building that housed Tatie's bakery collapsed during the earthquake, forcing her to eventually open in a new location across town. Soon after opening in the new building, Tatie attended a business training class from Zafen, a program that provides training, financing, and individualized assistance to small and medium businesses throughout Haiti supported by Mercy Corps and Western Union Foundation. Her business has thrived since — the new bakery is in a central location for delivering her goods to markets and customers, she has increased her weekly flour order from one to 15 canisters, and she now employs seven people. Many of Tatie's employees are young and ambitious so, among other perks, she offers a flexible work schedule to enable them to attend school.
Because of donors like you, this loan will allow Tatie to purchase a new oven and increase her production of baked goods such ascoquignolbonbon siwo, wheat cookies and her signature product, the petit pain sec. This increased productivity will allow her to meet the demand of her customers, and increase her revenues and profits. When asked what advice she would give to other entrepreneurs in Haiti and around the world, Tatie says: “Keep the faith and know that you have to work hard. Pick something that you really love.”
Entrepreneurs like Tatie are searching for business mentors. Through MicroMentor, an initiative of Mercy Corps, we are able to provide her with experienced mentors. Because mentoring takes place over email, phone and Skype, if you are interested, you can volunteer from anywhere. Learn more at www.micromentor.org/haiti.
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Photo: Jinell Smithmyer/MicroMentor
Photo: Jinell Smithmyer/MicroMentor

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