Haitian women are the backbone of the Haitian economy and the pillar ( poto mitan) of their households.
The United Nations reported that " Women represent 52 percent of Haiti’s 10 million people, and nearly 50 percent of them are engaged in economic activity outside the home. Small businesses in the country are primarily owned by women who support one or more families with their incomes”.
Partners for Change, Inc., believes in creating financial independence and in teaching someone how to fish instead of giving them a fish to eat everyday. In 2015, PFC started our micro-loans project. Our micro-loan disbursement ranges from 2500 to 7500 gourdes, which is equivalent to $35-$105 USD.
We provide ongoing educational workshops for the beneficiaries of this program to ensure the success of their businesses.This projects has been very successful. The participants have been thriving and we plan to increase the loan amounts this year.
Summer 2015, (July 22-29), Partners for Change, Inc. collaborated with the Communities for Haitian Entrepreneurs and Startups (CHES) to organize educational workshops for the women of PFC in Gonaives, Haiti. Professionals with extensive experience conducted these workshops and the topics included, but were not limited to entrepreneurship, physical and emotional wellness.
Click here to read what Rebecca Roseme Obounou, CHES President said about that volunteering trip.