By Vanessa Etienne, CHES Haiti Operations Director All my life, I have always been drawn to serving others. That’s why in all the positions that I worked, I have always looked for how I could help others grow in my role. I was born and raised in Haiti and have traveled to many provinces in the country. I realized that we have so many ways of developing the island. I have always believed that developing the country should be a work done from within and that the economic growth of my country......
Authored by Rebecca Obounou There are many people with a heart for Haiti who lack a MIND for Haiti as the documentary Poverty, Inc. so eloquently states it. Haiti is a country that needs conscious businesses that create economic value and social value simultaneously. The world needs such businesses. Conscious businesses are one of the keys to combatting poverty. As a nonprofit organization, we must constantly evaluate and re-evaluate our selves to ensure that we are not promoting dependency but the reverse: self-sufficiency and independence. We evaluate this by closely looking at a......
VIEW THE PRETTY VERSION HERE. We at CHES are proud to say that sales of products that we source from Haitian companies are a significant source of funding for the programming we offer entrepreneurs in rural Haiti. We are so happy to support Haitian companies that believe in benefiting society through creating employment and benefiting multiple stakeholders – Haitian companies that offer high quality products produced in Haiti. CHES loves marketing these products as it gives us a chance to share another side of Haiti with our supporters. These products help our......
Authored by Rebecca Obounou I recently had the privilege of representing CHES in the worldwide online dialogue on Young Entrepreneurs: Drivers of Sustainable Growth hosted by Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the World Bank in August. The online dialogue brought together young entrepreneurs and professionals from 46 different countries (mostly developing countries) to discuss present day matters pertaining to youth entrepreneurship. This was one of multiple dialogues held in multiple languages with entrepreneurs worldwide. We had a robust dialogue around a few specific questions we were asked to prepare ahead of time about the role......
Authored by Rebecca Roseme Working in Haiti requires patience, perseverance and PARTNERSHIP. This summer CHES was fortunate to have worked in partnership with Partners for Change (PfC). I first met Myriam Jeannis, the founder and executive director of PfC many years ago as I was sitting at a community event selling products to promote and to fundraise for CHES. We quickly developed a rapport and kept in touch for several years. During that time, we looked for ways to work together. We finally found the right thing: business training in Gonaives, Haiti for......
By Rebecca Obounou Recently during a conversation with a coach I shared the work that CHES is doing in Haiti. I also shared the challenges that we are encountering in attracting the right people to the work that we are doing. She asked me a great question that I realized that I’ve never really answer when I pitch what we do in CHES. I never really answer the question “Why Haiti?” when I answer “Why CHES?” “‘Why should anyone be interested in Haiti when there are so many other regions in the world in......
Thank you to Bentley University Students who worked on the 5 year! CHES is please with the hard work that you did. A major thank you to your professor Shawn Hauserman who made it all happen! We loved the video that you all worked hard to create for us and it will be playing in the January 16, 2011 “Nou Pap Janm Bliye” (“We will Never Forget”) event! ...