Missions International has been working in Haiti for ten years. We are committed to sustainable education, medical , water, and agriculture projects in the incredibly desolate area of the Savanette. There had never been access to clean water, electricity or education. We have consistently hired local Haitian laborers to do all the work on these projects. It became apparent to us that the women in the community had no opportunity to earn money for their families. We did have an adult eduation program to help the women learn how to cook, sew and be more effective homemakers but they had no chance to use any of their skills.
In the fall of 2009 we began working with the 13 women in the adult class and taught them to make beads from magazine pages. Since that time they have improved their skills, created new projects and developed pride and confidence in their ability to contribute to their families and community. Watching them grow and become independent has been amazing. Currently there are 47 people in the program but many more are asking to join the group.
In the spring of 2011 we left a book in English on how to make tote bags and fabric from one of our containers. We were incredibly impressed when we returned in the fall to see 200 tote bags that they created on just a few shared pedal sewing machines.
We hope you enjoy looking at their products and investing in the life of one of these women!!