Irise Vixamar is 41 and lives with her husband, Telisma, and their two sons ages 9 and 13 in Limbe, Haiti. Irise has lived in Limbe her entire life and has never traveled outside the northern part of Haiti. She is fun and energetic and helps to support her family by sewing and selling jeans, underwear and boxers in the market. Irise is an excellent seamstress who prefers the treadle sewing machine over the electric. Irise is a leader in our Limbe sewing program.
Janette Augustin is 42 and lives with her husband Safa in Ranquitte, Haiti. Janette has five children ages 12, 16, 17, 20 and 22. Janette has lived in the beautiful village of Ranquite, high in the mountains 90 miles south of Cap Haitian. She has never journeyed farther from her home than Cap Haitian, seldom making the extremely difficult 4 hour journey over rough mountainous roads and across two rivers. Janette’s husband is a teacher in Ranquite. She sells beans and charcoal in the market and also sews uniforms for the students. Janette joined our sewing program to supplement her income and teach other women how to sew. She is always willing to lend a hand to other members of the group.