Playing a vital role in their country’s response to the catastrophe, Haitian women have gone back to work, clearing rubble and rebuilding homes. They represent 52 percent of Haiti’s 10 million people, and nearly 50 percent of them are engaged in economic activity outside the home. Small businesses in the country are primarily owned by women who support one or more families with their incomes.
With the support of the Korea-UNDP MDG Trust Fund, more than 900 women from Port-au-Prince’s most vulnerable neighborhoods benefited from a combination of employment and entrepreneurship programmes. These women were provided with training, technical assistance, and access to micro-credit to start or reinforce a business.
Starting from the ground up, the project created a network of partners, including community councils, government institutions and civil society to develop eight job creation projects such as crafts, tailoring, chicken rearing and construction, so that lessons learned from these initiatives could be used to feed into national public initiatives that support women’s economic integration.
Thanks to this initiative, more than 450 new jobs have been created; 350 micro-enterprises have been established in line with the demands of the market; and more than 400 businesses have been reinforced through training, mentoring and access to credit.
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