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Field Report: Sandra rebuilt her Haiti workshop & hired 5 people!

November 20, 2016 in , by Sue Braiden

Kiva Diva Field Report: Sandra in Haiti - November 20, 2016

It’s always exciting when we receive a field report on one of the women that we have invested in through the “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” project. This one is especially cool because it comes from the entrepreneur herself!

Back in October 2014 we helped an artist named Sandra rebuild her workshop in Haiti after her entire shop was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. It’s a relief that this report comes in on the heels of yet another natural disaster in Haiti, the recent hurricane, and that it finds Sandra safe and well.

Yet more great news? She not only used the Kiva loan we helped provide to rebuild her shop, but actually created jobs for 5 more people! Watch and share her inspiring story.

Sandra has been making and selling different kinds of scarves and sarongs since 1980. Here’s a bit more about our original investment in this wonderful artist back in 2014.

Our Seventh Kiva Diva: Sandra in Haiti (October 2014)

October 1, 2014 in by Sue Braiden

Our Seventh Kiva Diva - Sandra in Haiti - October 2014

This month we’re celebrating our seventh “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping a woman with a real entrepreneurial spirit rebuild her dream after her shop was completely destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Sandra has been making and selling different kinds of scarves and sarongs since 1980. She has two big shops in Grenada and in the States. Thanks to a previous Kiva loan she was able to re-launch after the quake by buying paint and textile fabrics directly from China. She successfully repaid the loan within a year.

Now she is looking for funds to build a production workshop and a storefront in her current space. The money will help her buying wood, corrugated metal sheets and iron bars for the workshop. A slight improvement is also needed in the stock room as well. This is where we are able to help a little today with our “Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship.

Our Fifth Kiva Diva: Mme in Haiti (August 2014)

July 31, 2014 in by Sue Braiden

We’re sneaking our August loan to a Kiva entrepreneur in a little early, because we just couldn’t wait to give Mme Raphael a hand up! Mme is an 80-year-old single mother of 7, and she’s anxious to connect to Haiti’s first solar-powered smart electricity micro-grid to get reliable, clean electricity at home.

Mme is a farmer and lives in a small yellow and brown house in Les Anglais, in southern Haiti. She worries that regular kerosene use is harming her and her family’s long-term health.

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