Trade Tools for Entrepreneurs in Haiti

by A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)
Mar 12, 2013

New Partnership with Focus on Haiti

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ASAP has just signed an agreement with Salesian Missions to supply tool kits for their Vocational School graduates around the world. This is an important part of our plan because ASAP wants to avoid duplicating infrastructure in each country. The Salesians have requested that we start with Haiti and so that will be our initial focus instead of Nicaragua. We will do Nicaragua at a later date. In the US, donated tools will be refurbished, if needed, by volunteers, then made into tool kits and sent to Haiti for these needy artisans.

Entrepreneurs and artisans in Haiti will go from poverty to productive community members because of your support for ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project.  Thanks to the agreement with Salisian’s Missions, these Haitian artisans will be trained in their chosen skill and receive their tool kit upon graduation.  Unable to buy the tools needed for employment or entrepreneurship, an ASAP tool kit makes a life-changing difference.

Vocational Skills training has been identified as the best way to give unemployed youth hope for the future and help families rise out of poverty. But skills without the tools to put that learning into practice are useless. Poor quality Chinese tools are usually what is available in most developing countries. But even these are out of the reach of most young artisans after learning their trade skills.

In partnership with the Salesian Vocational Training Center near Port-au-Prince Haiti, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project will provide the tools needed by graduating entrepreneurs and artisans to practice their new craft. This changes everything for them and their families by empowering them to not only survive but to thrive. 

Providing the tools to help new graduates put vocational skills to use to generate income is critical in a country where there is little hope of finding formal employment. If there were any jobs, only with tools would someone be considered.  And an entrepreneur will be able to prosper with their own tools of the trade. These tool kits will provide hope for the future where currently they have none.  As artisans improve their skills and confidence and acquire more customers, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment will help create future jobs.

"Acquiring a few simple tools can be a life changing event for someone working to eke out an existence for their family.”

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A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

Location: Peachtree City, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tom Arsenault
Peachtree City, GA United States

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