November 5, 2019
We recently spoke with one of our partners in Haiti, Samuel Darguin, about the current political state in the country and how it’s been affecting our micro-entrepreneurs. It’s been over seven weeks of demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Around mid-September, a protest occurred in a marketplace where many of our female entrepreneurs sell shoes. A significant amount of the marketplace was burned, along with 12,000 pounds of our entrepreneurs’ products ($18,000 worth of shoes).
“For seven weeks, many of our women haven’t been able to get anywhere. Most markets are closed, making it nearly impossible for families to get food, or go out and earn money,” said Darguin.
Two of our entrepreneurs, Ginette and Jwanise, attempted to go sell at the market this past Monday, October 28, and reported it was still too dangerous.
“There are reports of people dying in the protests, but more are dying from hunger and lack of medical attention. There are pregnant women without access to hospitals,” said Darguin.
Soles4Souls has more containers of shoes being prepared for Haiti, along with a load expected to arrive by the end of November, but there are still many obstacles ahead for our entrepreneurs in trying to safely sell shoes and earn money.
You might be wondering at this point, what can YOU do to help? Here are a few options: