Empowering Women

Our Goal within our Women’s Empowerment Programs

Our goal is to help Haitian families stay together. Skill development, employment and business development address the needs of families suffering from extreme poverty before they are at the point of desperation: driven to give their children to an orphanage for the sake of their survival.

Chances for Children established Ila Joi as a catalyst to accomplish this purpose and as the needs for jobs grew, Zel was added to provide yet another avenue to meet that need. Our micro loan program began in 2018 to give women opportunities to expand their businesses and become more self-sustaining through 0% interest loans. The goal of all of these programs is to empower women to earn an income to keep children out of orphanages.

Through all of these programs, Chances for Children is supporting Haitian families to be able to remain together.

To support the work of our hard working women, please visit

Ila Joi & Zel

What is Ila Joi?

The women in our Ila Joi program use discarded materials such as cereal and cardboard boxes, and trash paper and mix them with other mediums like recycled oil drums and locally made clay beads to create beautiful “upcycled” pieces of jewelry. Not only are these women cleaning up the Haitian landscape with their recycling efforts, they are also bringing new hope to their families by earning the means to pay for their children’s food, shelter, and education. This means fewer orphans, minimized crime, less garbage, relieved stress, and a whole lot more beauty!

If you are interested in purchasing these one-of-a-kind creations or hosting a jewelry party to support our artisans, please visit our partner mangoandmain.com or contact brie@chances4children.org.

What is Zel?

Zel Haiti’s mission is to keep families together by empowering women to provide for their families. The women in our Zel program have learned best practices as professional seamstresses and are using their skills to create their own line of boutique medical scrubs and fashion yoga mat bags. Patterns have been created and fabric specially chosen for customers who value quality, comfort, and style. Each piece is carefully cut and sewn with human hands.

To learn more or purchase these hand crafted creations or for inquiries on wholesale orders, please visit www.zelhaiti.com or email zelhaiti@chances4children.org for more information.