Twenty women received new loans in August – 10 in Limbe and 10 in Ranquitte. In addition, 7 women from the initial loan group in May of 2012 received an additional $100 each as they successfully renewed their initial loans for a third time. The second loan group of 12 women from Sept of 2012 will soon be renewing their loans for the third time and also each receive an additional $100. While this is very exciting for the women, as they have successfully grown their small businesses and can now have even more operating funds, it is somewhat scary for us as an organization. We would like to continue to fund 30-40 new loans each year, in addition to rewarding women who have been successful over three years, but this will take extra fundraising and donations. Many women are still on a waiting list for their initial loans. Please consider donations to Helping Haiti Work.
When I returned from Haiti in April, I asked for your help in cutting materials for diapers and menstrual pads that we could package into kits to ship to Haiti to be sewn by the Haitian women. Four groups took up my call to action and have cut 9 bolts of fabric that we will be sending to Haiti next week. This amounts to 50 diaper kits and 25 menstrual pad kits for each Haitian sewer. These same 4 groups donated more than $500 to the cause, which will help to offset the cost of materials and shipping. We hope to send more supplies at the end of the summer, so more volunteers are welcome.
The group above consisted of volunteers who are connected by their work in different roles of Labor and Delivery units thruout the metro area. They are acutely aware of the need for feminine hygiene both during adolescence and after childbearing. We had a wonderful evening comparing stories of childbirth “then and now”.
NPR is highlighting the work of organizations abroad who are addressing the problem of the lack of feminine hygiene products and the impact that it has on the ability of a girl to continue her education. This recent audio story from NPR is similar to my previous post about Menstruation – The last taboo. Raising awareness is the first step. The second step is providing women in Haiti and elsewhere with a product that they can use. Please consider scheduling your own cutting party to help us raise funds and provide more diaper/menstrual pad kits.
This great event will occur October 4th, 2014. We will gather at Tim Nearys home, 162 Peninsula Road, Medicine Lake, MN , promptly at 7:00PM.
We are inviting everyone who has had a hand in supporting all the microfinance projects that Helping Haiti Work has proposed over the last few years to celebrate our accomplishments and look forward to new endeavors. Now is the time to turn your support to the renewable menstrual pads development which will be sold and distributed in Haiti. An evening of drinks and desserts will be served while learning about the manufacturing and distribution of renewable menstrual pads. Please invite any friends who are willing to help in any way.