Convoy of Hope reached out to us earlier this summer with a request for 25,000 menstrual kits for distribution in Haiti – 12,500 kits produced by the Haiti Days for Girls enterprise and an equal amount sewn by the Dominican Republic enterprise. That is four times the amount that we have produced thus far in our journey. And they wanted the order completed by July 2022! The Haitian seamstresses were eager to start, however, the limiting factor was a dependable supply chain of materials to construct the kits. Up to this point we have been sourcing our materials in the US and shipping them to Haiti. That is not practical for this size of an order.
Ellen Schreder, our tireless advocate for the sewing program, connected with the Days for Girls program in the Dominican Republic and was able to resource some of the materials that are needed just across the Haitian border. Our Haitian operations manager, Sendy, has made frequent trips to the markets in Cap Haitian and was able to find a reliable source of brightly colored cotton. The owner of the store couldn’t believe his good fortune when she bought all the fabric he had in stock and placed an order for future delivery.
This order will supply steady work for our Haitian seamstresses for almost a year with a livable wage. Due to sharp increases in gas and food prices in Haiti, a life that had already been a struggle has now become even more desperate. Our hope is that this large order will increase our visibility with other aide groups, leading to future work for the Helping Haiti Work seamstresses.