Haitian women are 20% more likely to be illiterate than men. Yet, women are more likely to use their income to feed, clothe and educate their family members. By providing women with a job, Haiti Projects provides her with dignity, and a way to change the trajectory of her life and the lives of her family members.
In Haiti, 44% of households are are female headed and of these women, approximately 60% live in extreme poverty. At Haiti Projects, we pay fair trade wages, provide access to micro loans, provide access to family planning services and health and hygiene programs. This system of projects allows our employees and their families to lift themselves out of poverty.
Our system of projects, Artisanat, Library and Clinic, not only touches and augments the lives of the moms who work for us, but also helps better the community by providing access to jobs, skills training, environmental stewardship, books, classes, high quality workshops and summer camps for kids.
Haiti Projects is a 501C(3) non-profit corporation with focused initiatives to empower women of rural Haiti toward self-sufficiency. We provide access to jobs at fair trade wages, education, health care, and avenues for building a sustainable community. Haiti Projects is located in the town of Fond des Blancs. We are currently the second largest employer in a region of Haiti where over 60,000 people live with no electricity or public services.
Fond des Blancs is located on the southern peninsula in rural Haiti. The main town is Sainton and has a population of approximately 10,000. Approximately 80% of people in this region don't finish 5th grade. Most rely on subsistence level farming, with high employment. Income in the area is approximately $10 per month, far lower than the national average. Haitian women are more likely to be illiterate than men, with a male literacy level of about 74% and a female literacy rate of only 32%. It is estimated that on ½ as many girls complete secondary school as men and just 1/3 of university students in Haiti are women. In terms of economics, 44% of households are female-headed and of these women, 60% live in extreme poverty.
Cherie Miot Abbanat joined Haiti Projects in June of 2012. She ascended to the position of CEO because of her unique skill set and unparalleled passion for the initiatives and mission of Haiti Projects. Cherie, a Haitian/American, has worked to empower women throughout the world, particularly in Haiti...
Molly Klarman joined Haiti Projects in September 2013. As the Country Manager she is responsible for managing all operations in Fond des Blancs. Before joining Haiti Projects, Molly worked in rural Haiti for almost two years coordinating logistics at a hospital and gaining experience with the management of community development projects...
Daryce Morris joined us in 2014 when she facilitated the office move from the north shore to south shore of Massachusetts. As the Operations Manager, she wears many hats (and looks good in all of them)-inventory, sales, public relations, social media, new product development and business partnerships. As a lifelong resident of the area her connections are deep and wide and she has been successful in making those connections to help Haiti Projects with their continued success.
Edly works as an Administrative and Logistics Assistant. Before working for 1000jobs, he worked in data entry at the University Antonio De Nebrija (Madrid, Spain), where he has earned a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics. In 2009 he earned a Certificate for Project Management (PMDPRO) and a certificate from the Organization of American States in Agro-Eco Tourism.
Fenol Jacquotin started working for Haiti Projects as the general assistant in 2011. He has enrolled in CREFIMA University's management program in Port-au-Prince. His responsibilities with Haiti Projects include administrative assistance, data entry, community relations, and report writing. While in high school, Fenol supported himself by traveling to the surrounding communities, purchasing livestock, and selling it in the Fond des Blancs market...
Maintenance and Driver
Julien Denoe began working for Haiti Projects in 1999. His enthusiasm and readiness to work turned a temporary stint into a full time job. Julien leads maintenance for all program areas at Haiti Projects. His favorite responsibility is driving for the mobile clinics. Travel can be arduous throughout Haiti. At times he arrives soaking wet because of rains. Other times he has arrived to the destination pushing our motorcycle because of a flat tire...
Annius Etienne has been with Haiti Projects for 19 years. He originally helped out in the community library but now he is located in Port au Prince where he leads transport of products, supplies, and employees. His favorite part about working for Haiti Projects is teamwork and collaboration.
Olivia Cimeno is a Martha's Vineyard native and recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's degree in communication and minors in business and art. She could not be more thrilled to join Haiti Projects as an intern and is looking forward to helping their public relations and social media initiatives.