Seven volunteers in total, including the first lady and senior pastor, Mona
|Watch a Clip: Marketing Workshop|
and executive pastor, Chris
Sumner, of Jubilee Christian Church donated a week to travel to Haiti with CHES to serve. They helped teach and run training workshops for these women entrepreneurs. The workshops included:
- Business Planning,
- Food Hygiene,
- Sales and Marketing and
- Mock Sales Pitching.
This business was registered at local government offices. The university UCNH generously provided CHES a place to host the workshops free of charge. Proper contracts were endorsed and notarized before the inaugural event that marked the end of the week. The US volunteers as well as CHES Haiti branch volunteers also helped prep the food depot for the launch event. Prep work included cleaning, painting and decorating. At the inaugural event, local members of the community attended and tasted delicious food made with the products PWOL is offering. Attendees also had the chance to ask questions and hear from CHES US as well as the entrepreneurs.
In addition to completing our objectives for the trip, CHES also helped in different ways while in Haiti. CHES helped Vanessa Pierre raise funds and transport 100 book bags for school children. CHES volunteers also donated snacks and water for 150 children in vacation bible school. The volunteers also took pictures of school children and provided them prints of their photos. School materials and printed photographs are often very difficult for most school children to obtain. To see more, view this short picture slide show below.
|CHES 2013 Summer Trip Slide Show|
Though the week in Haiti was a success on many dimensions, the work doesn't stop there. CHES has been maintaining constant contact with the entrepreneurs. CHES is ensuring that these women's momentum doesn't fizzle but rather continues. In six months PWOL will begin sending CHES official bi-annual business reports.