WIL Trip to Haiti, October 2012
In late October of 2012, a group of ten WIL members traveled to Port-au-Prince and Jacmel in Haiti for a week.
The group meet with representatives from FONKOZE, a well-recognized NGO providing microfinance loans and support services to poor Haitian women, and some of the groups of women participating in the FONKOZE program.
WIL members and friends of WIL recently funded a microbank with FONKOZE, the seventh microbank funded by WIL members, through a $5,000 contribution.
The group also met with CNN Hero 2012 nominee Malya Villard-Appolon whose KOFAVIV organization assists victims of sexual violence; grassroots organizations starting microcredit projects; and OFEDA, an artisans’ network which exports craft goods abroad, as well as visited tent camps and schools.
The group experienced first-hand the devastation caused by the January 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake which caused the loss of 220,000 lives, the destruction of countless homes, businesses and schools, and resulted in over a million left homeless.
The country has yet to recover from the earthquake and subsequent powerful hurricanes. Three hundred thousand people still live in tents, and the impact on women has been extremely severe.
Faces of Haiti
Profugo Tailoring Program
Profugo tailors in training.
Profugo’s tailoring trainer.
Profugo tailors at work.