“Men might have more resources, but women have the responsibility to nourish all life.” – Nadine Louise, TOYA Foundation, Global Fund for Women grantee. The Womanity Foundation supported the GFFW in Haiti.
The world was shocked in January 2010 when a devastating earthquake ripped through Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands. Years later, more than half a million Haitians are still living in makeshift camps, set up to house those displaced. With few income opportunities, recreational outlets, or basic services, frustration led to violence – especially against women – to rise.
Following the earthquake, Womanity’s main donors were compelled to gather extra resources and support relief efforts on the ground. In line with its mission, Womanity decided to direct its support towards women’s protection and empowerment. A particular focus being on female entrepreneurship as a way to contribute to the reconstruction of Haiti, and to reduce poverty. The $64,000 earmarked for Haiti was disbursed over 3 years to different organizations that addressed women’s issues.
One of the non-governmental organizations supported was Entrepreneurs du Monde, in Camp Corail, Haiti’s largest refugee camp. This partnership was formed to promote female entrepreneurship, provide professional training, create paid jobs for women in the Camp through a microcredit scheme, and help to rebuild needed infrastructure.
Entrepreneurs du Monde; Global Fund for Women.