(Left to right) Marson S. (CHES), Michael B. (P4H), Scott M. (P4H), Rebecca O. (CHES), Josh B. (P4H), Venita B.S. (CHES), Nathanael J. (CHES), Angelina H. (CHES)
Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou!
There is a Haitian saying, "With many hands, the burden is light." Since September 2015, we planned and labored beside
Projects for Haiti
to host our
business training to 80 men and women
60 people earned certificates of completion.
We overcame many difficult challenges to realize this training. The participants' raw hunger for the knowledge we shared inspired each and every member of our team. The eagerness of our participants was our fuel.
Participants ranged from 18 to 70 years of age. Many were high school graduates. We are pleased to say that there was a balanced representation of men and women attendees.
Marson, our board member, who owns and runs a restaurant in Cap, was one of the rockstars of the training.
His presentations were well received for many reasons. He is a local business-owner who brought very relevant knowledge. He represents an unaccessible class of people to our participants who was suddenly meeting them where they are and willing to share his knowledge and experience. At the end of the training, the class' thank you speech left tears of emotions streaming down our entire team's eyes.
Below are a few quotes from the participant evaluations:
The parts of this training I found were best included SWOT, different stakeholders, 4 Ps of marketing, business plan development, inventory management and break-even point. (translated)
I would like this training to grow so that we can get more opportunities to create our own businesses and equip more people in the country with knowledge so that we can do business together. (translated)
I thank all of the staff for the superb work that they did for us while they were in Haiti. May God bless you all.
We want to thank the P4H team for their collaboration. We also want to express our gratitude to Pastor Albert, who hosted the training at his church. Special thanks to Angelina, a founding member, who returned to volunteer. Many thanks to Nathanael, a medical student from Port-au-Prince, who was determined to volunteer. When we weren't able to raise enough funds for him to lodge with the rest of the CHES team, Nathaniel found lodging himself in Cap-Haïtien. The videos and pictures we captured are all the artistry of Venita, our board member.
It took a village!
See more from the training via the video below: