Who We're Helping
There is a group of women in Haiti, near Port Au Prince, located in a government-owned tent camp whose lives were torn apart in January 2010 after the country's disastrous earthquake. These women are known as OFEDA (Organisation des Femmes Devouees en Action). They are a unique and independent women's group founded after Haiti's disastrous earthquake.
The women, who range in age from 18 to 82 years old, came together for the first time in January 2010 soon after the earthquake. They began meeting under a tree in the tent camp to support and encourage each other with hope and possibility.
These women have a dream, and we want to help them achieve it. By starting businesses together (their first being a handmade greeting card company), they hope to find a way out of the tent camps to reclaim their lives and to continue moving forward with dignity and security.
We need your help so that we can teach the OFEDA women how to make handmade soaps and natural haircare products to sell through a series of hands-on workshops in January 2013.
Beauty In Haiti
We’re volunteering our expertise as well as countless days and hours researching and prepping for this teaching compaign to empower 24 women in Haiti, help them build a business, and improve their quality of life. We’re calling this project “Beauty in Haiti” to represent the beauty of the women there – inside and out – as well as the beauty products that they will be creating.
We are Amanda Griffin of Lovin Soap, Marla Bosworth of Back Porch Soap Company and Paula Allen of Paula Allen Photography. Amanda and Marla make handmade soap and teach entrepreneurs all over the U.S. how to make it and other bath and body products. When Paula (a professional photographer who first traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake disaster) presented the opportunity for us to travel to Haiti to teach a cooperative of women how to make soap and beauty products to rebuild and support themselves financially, we simply said "Yes!” Now we need your help to get us there!
- Amanda Grifin, of Lovinsoap.com, teaches soapmaking classes in Dallas, Austin, New York City and at various conferences and intensives around the country. She can't wait to meet the women of OFEDA and share her knowledge of soapmaking while helping them set up their beauty business.
- Marla Bosworths of BackPorchSoap.com teaches soap and beauty product formulation classes along with business classes. Her specialty is helping small businesses find a niche, market themselves, and become and stay profitable. Along with Amanda and Paula, she is donating her time and knowledge to help the Haitian women make the most of their beauty business.
- Paula Allen of Paula Allen Photograpy, initiated the first business with the OFEDA women - a greeting card company. She has extensive experience traveling to Haiti and her first trip there was to cover the earthquake as a professional photographer. It was then that she met this special group of women who she am now helping to empower.
This campaign is important to us because these women are ready to learn and are waiting for us. They were actively seeking someone to help them learn how to make soap and haircare products. We feel strongly compelled to share our knowledge and not only teach but also empower these women in Haiti.
As contributors, you will help the Haitian women achieve their goal of making high quality beauty products and generate income that will improve their lives.
What We Need & What You Get
Can you help us?
We need to raise a minimum of $7,000 to cover our travel expenses to Haiti, as well as a driver, interpreter and supplies to make soap, and natural skin and hair products.
To show you our appreciation we’ve created “thank you” perks!
Your contribution will help us to provide education in soapmaking and natural skin and haircare product formulation for women in Haiti. Our education and continued support will provide the tools they need to create a sustainable business using local ingredients sourced from Haiti. It is our hope that the cooperative that we are assisting will support themselves financially from the sale of finished personal care products.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute, you can still help by spreading the word about our campaign to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Please see our social media links on the bottom of the page.