Women’s Empowerment Sponsorship

The goal for our program is to help Haitian families stay together, through empowering mothers through job creation.

The goal for the Women’s Empowerment programs: Ila Joi and Zel Haiti are to create dignified jobs for Haitian women so that they are able to provide for their families.

Zel Haiti was born out of the idea that skill development and employment addresses the needs of families before they are at the point of desperation, driven to give their children to an orphanage because of extreme poverty. The program started in 2015 with 3 women and has since grown to 9 women. These 9 women have a total of 30 kids collectively. They work hard to create medical scrubs and yoga mat bags. Zel Haiti believes in paying fair, living wages. With their wages, the women have been able to put food on their tables, pay for school for their kids, buy property and build houses. For many of them, these were just pipe dreams prior to being employed at Zel.

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However, this is a business and a start-up business needs investors. We are currently searching for investors who can commit either $30/month or $360/year. When an investor commits, we will pair them with one of our Zel ladies. They have each agreed to welcome you into their homes and into their lives. They are excited that investors care about THEM and want to receive updates on their lives. We are also excited to offer special discounts to those who choose to invest in this business.

Would you consider supporting this wonderful program?

Meet The Women

Please meet each of the women below and consider how your investment will not only change their lives but the lives of the future generation of Haiti.

Elimene, 52

Elimene is the employee manager for Zel Haiti. She’s been working with Zel for 5 years and has 5 children. Most of her children are grown adults, though her youngest has special needs, a result of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Elimene says she is grateful for the job at Zel because it allows her to meet the needs of all her children, especially the medical needs of her youngest.

Rosela, 43

Rosela is the product manager for Zel Haiti. She has worked for Zel for 2 years now. She came to us as a skill seamstress already and is a clear leader amongst the women. She is a mother to 4 kids; 3 of which still live with her at home. Rosela’s dream is that her job with Zel Haiti will be able to support her 4 children to attend the University or a trade school. She wants to provide a different life for them that what she has had.

Patricia, 36

Patricia is one of the more skilled seamstresses working for Zel Haiti. She has attended professional sewing school as well as pattern making school. She has been working for Zel for just over a year. She is a mother to 3 beautiful daughters, all of which live at home with her. With this job, she has been able to afford to finish her professional training school and begin saving so that her oldest daughter can begin at the university.

Rose Marie, 50

Rose Marie has been working for Zel Haiti for 2 years now. She is a leader among the women. She is the mom of 4 kids and also has 3 other children who she is responsible for after the death of their parents. It is hard to find a space for 9 people to live but this employment with fair, living wages has allowed her to pay to rent a house large enough for all of them. Her dream for 2020 is to save enough money to purchase a piece of property and begin building a house.

Adeline, 38

Adeline is one of the women who started working for Zel when Zel began 5 years ago. She is a single mom to 5 children. Her story is one of the reasons we began this program because she was on the brink of needing to place her children in an orphanage – at that time 3 of her children lived with relatives because Adeline could not support them. They are now happily living as a family of 6, all under one roof. Adeline is now able to afford to pay for the education of all 5 of her children, thanks to her job with Zel.

Valentine, 40

Valentine brings a joy and personality to Zel that was lacking prior to her employment! She has been working for almost 2 years and said that she has noticed an improvement in her parenting because this job has given her the opportunity to know that she is creating a different life for her children. She is the mother to 2 children plus cares for another young girl who living with her because her family does not have the means to support her. Valentine was a teacher prior to working for Zel, but due to the deplorable situation in the country, she wasn’t paid for her work and had to seek out new employment.

Denise, 43

Denise was also one of the original women that started at the beginning of Zel Haiti, 5 years ago. Denise is a mother to 3 children. Her oldest just graduated high school and is dreaming about starting nursing school at the university. Denise has expressed the dream of being able to afford to put her children through the university. Prior to beginning this job, she could barely afford to put food on their table – being able to afford a university for her kids felt impossible. Zel Haiti has made that a possibility.

Rosemene, 41

Rosemene has grown leaps and bounds in skills in just over a year since she started at Zel Haiti. Rosemene said she was humiliated to return home each day prior to working at Zel because others judged her for not being able to provide for her family. Now, she says she has dignity to face them because she provides school, food and housing for her entire family. She has 4 children ranging for 20 years old to 3 years old and she is responsible for her younger sister too. Rosemene’s oldest daughter dreams of becoming a civil engineer – something that is only a possibility through Rosemene’s job at Zel Haiti.

Matina, 38

Matina has a 2nd grade education. In the 2nd grade, her family could no longer afford to send her to school so she dropped out and helped her mom at home. Matina is a perfect example of why Zel Haiti exists. Prior to working for Zel, Matina weighed only 90lbs and all of her children were under weight. Her family was placed in the Chances for Children feeding program but it was recognized that more needed to happen for her family to succeed. Matina has now been working for Zel for 3 years and recently gave birth to her 5th child. When Matina started, she wasn’t able to even write her name and she is now able to not only do that, but sew a completed product that is of great quality.

Sponsorship Plans

Plan A

$30/month ongoing investment will allow Zel Haiti to continue to pay fair and living wages. The 9 Zel Haiti women are excited to get to know those who invest in them through direct letter writing, video introductions and allowing them to join their family! Investors will receive monthly updates on the seamstresses as well as access to special discounts on the zelhaiti.com website.

Plan B

$360/year investment will allow Zel Haiti to continue to pay fair and living wages. The 9 Zel Haiti women are excited to get to know those who invest in them through direct letter writing, video introductions and allowing them to join their family! Investors will receive monthly updates on the seamstresses as well as access to special discounts on the zelhaiti.com website.