New businesses coming
Ten new businesses are in the works from the latest batch of graduates of our Biznis Pam program. Their start-ups will be funded by loans from Servants for Haiti using your donations. Here is a sampling of a few of them:
- A young woman of 29 with a 2-year-old daughter will be selling clothes and cosmetic products.
- A 49-year-old woman with three children will market clothing and curtains, sheets, and tablecloths.
- One enterprising woman (40, with two children) will be offering building materials for sale. Certainly her products will be in great demand in a nation in great need of housing.
- Another of our entrepreneurs is a young pregnant woman. She’ll be using her loan to start a business selling cosmetics.
- There is a woman of 23 who currently attends university but needs her income to defray the costs of transportation to and from school. Her plan is to sell clothing, including offering some to her fellow students.
- One Biznis Pam graduate will be offering food products outside Port-au-Prince, in the suburb of Croix-des-Bouquets.
All these business plans have been approved and will be funded as quickly as possible.
One more important note: These people will be trying to feed themselves and their families (as well as paying off their loans) with profits from their businesses. Because many Americans send cast-off clothes and other goods to Haiti, these businesses will be hurt; it’s hard to compete with free. Rather than send your leftovers to Haiti, give them to a domestic cause, and donate cash to SFH to help support, not wipe out, these hopeful business owners.
For more background on the problem of material donations, read this post.