The Summer 2015 Trip
far exceeded our expectations! We offered new programming as well as traveled to parts of Haiti that were unknown to us. We worked with women entrepreneurs in the North and in Central Haiti.
In the North in Limbe, we went to follow-up with Pwodwi Lakay (PWOL), the women owned food warehouse we helped launch by way of a loan, training and coaching in 2013. This summer, we coached them, introduced them to other entrepreneurs and prospective clients, helped them conduct market research by way of a survey. PWOL learned many useful things from their community through the survey. When CHES arrived, we greeted despondent and discouraged women; when we left, we bade farewell to re-energized business owners. PWOL is now relocating and regrouping. Our hope at CHES is that in our next newsletter, we can report that PWOL overcame their challenges and are thriving again.
In Central Haiti in Gonaives, we hosted a three day workshop for women merchants in partnership with Partners for Change. The time we spent with them was profoundly fulfilling - but you should hear it from them. Watch this 1 minute kreyòl (english subtitled) video of them reflecting on their learning experience with us.
PFC is so grateful that CHES was able to be a part of this success story. We appreciate and commend CHES for their great work in Haiti, and would be more than happy to collaborate again with Mrs. Obounou and all the strong women of CHES. We hope that this relationship will continue and we will be able to create meaningful projects for our sisters and brothers in Haiti."
- Myriam Jeannis, Executive Director of Partners for Change
CHES volunteers who attended the trip also had much to say:
Would you do it again?' My answer is: 'YES, without a doubt!'
For those of you reading this, I urge you to make it a point to help and support someone in need. You may never know what your effort and time will mean and do for someone in need." - Myriam Paul
"Going into the CHES 2015 Haiti trip, I had many worries: 'How would I fundraise the money? What could I contribute the the cause?' However, the confidence I had in the mission ahead was greater than my doubts. There was not one day during our our trip where I regretted making the sacrifice to join hands in CHES' work. Our trip was nothing short of amazing, I found myself greatly refreshed and inspired by people, by their stories and their perseverance.
" - Marcia Roseme