New Foundation to Empower Women to Grow Haiti’s Economy
Washington, DC – Today on International Workers’ Day, Ambassador Danielle Saint Lot formally launched a new U.S. based non-profit organization to empower Haitian women through the promotion of social entrepreneurship and leadership development to prepare them to succeed locally and in the global marketplace. The signature program of the Danielle Saint Lot Haiti Women’s Foundation is the Business Academy, a one-year program to teach entrepreneurs in the agribusiness and craft sectors modern techniques.
“Women are the key to rebuilding Haiti. I am thrilled to embark on this important effort to make innovative strategies and 21st century solutions available in order to better enhance distribution and production capability, and expand access to capital so that women in Haiti can begin to export. An exciting component of this venture is the Haitian Women’s Business Academy, which at its core is part of the larger world movement to advocate for the missing middle in the marketplace, which is women owned SMEs, and grow the creative economy,” said Ambassador Saint Lot, founder of the new foundation.
An international champion of women’s rights, Ambassador Saint Lot is a member of Vital Voices’ Global Advisory Council and serves as a member of the Coca Cola Company’s Steering Committee for the Haiti Hope Project, which supports mango farmers. Additionally, she is the granddaughter of Haiti Ambassador Emile Saint Lot, who at the birth of the United Nations in 1945 served as Haiti’s first UN Ambassador, a member of the Security Council, and is credited with casting the deciding vote to make Israel a state in 1947.
Ambassador Saint Lot continues that legacy of social justice advocacy. “We need more resources to create greater economic opportunity for women in Haiti and increase the capacity of these dynamic SMEs, farmers, artisans, and entrepreneurs so they can reach their full potential and support their families and communities,” she added.
Ten enterprises have been selected to participate in this fall’s inaugural academy. The Foundation’s initiatives are implemented in Haiti. Its partners include The Raben Group and Small Axe Communications.
About The Danielle Saint Lot Haiti Women’s Foundation