Empowering women with sustainable funding
Helping Haiti Work has been providing microcredit loans to women in Limbe and Ranquitte, villages in the northern part of Haiti, since 2012. Our program is designed to empower women and encourage entrepreneurship.
Our clients lack collateral for traditional bank loans. Many of them have been raising children and caring for elderly relatives. These women want to work to support their families, have hope for their children’s future, and have the drive to help their community.
Our clients apply as a group of ten. When approved, they each receive $200 USD in Haitian currency. These women support each other in their businesses. Some use their funds to travel to the Dominican Republic or Cap Haitian to buy items in bulk, then sell the items at their local market. Others cook in their homes and resell the food at a market stand. When every member of the group is established in her business and can pay back her original loan of $200 USD, the group has the option to borrow more to further invest in their businesses.