Economic Developments

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A typical worker in Haiti makes only $2.75 a day. Because jobs are so scarce (approximately 70% do not have regular jobs), those who do have jobs are afraid to speak out against unfair labor practices Eighty percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and 54% live in abject poverty. The average per capita income in Haiti is $480 a year. MSH is working to provide economic development to the community by providing sewing programs that allow women to create their own small businesses; a store selling construction materials; a guesthouse that will bring tourism to the area and provide jobs and a sustainable future for the locals.

In 2012, MSH started the Starfish Sewing Program in order to support women of Haiti.

Our goal is to create life-change in young-women, helping break the cycle of oppression on the women of Haiti. Women that go through this program will become more vocationally skilled. Each year we select 10 new young women to participate in the sewing program. As these women graduate from this program it is our goal to provide each graduate with a sewing machine to go start their own sewing business.

keys to success:

  • Recruit U.S. partners to support the sewing program
  • Maintain a high approval rating with the women in the sewing program

Cost in running the sewing program:

  • $125/m: Teacher Salary
  • $237 For each sewing machine
  • $100/m:  Will provide the women Fabric, food, snacks and drink. They also learn how to prepare American dishes during the sewing program.

*unless we can find partners, 2014 will be the last year of this program, please consider partnering up with us to keep this program going for years to come.