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Community outreach through job creation is one of many ways that The Haitian Project works to continually serve and improve our neighborhood in Santo.
Below you can read about some of the job development projects taking place in Haiti.
From Rags to Riches
THP's Rag-a-Muffin Program employs three sewers from the neighborhood who make hand-crafted bags from secondhand shirts.
The Rag-a-Muffin Program employs a team from the neighborhood. The secondhand shirts come in bales shipped in from U.S. thrift stores. The team up-cycles these shirts into beautiful harlequin cloth to make one-of-kind bags, experimenting with various styles from simple totes to duffels, and even a laptop bag. Each bag is unique, some incorporating the t-shirt logos or hand-painted designs by local artists.
Besides providing full-time employment, the Rag-a-Muffin Program showcases the can-do attitude and artistic flare of Haitians—a positive image to invite investment in the country.
Read more from the June 2011 article.
No Need for a Jobs Bill, We Create our Own
LCS '96 graduate Salomon Asmath (left) returned from his position at the United Nations to lead a team of trained tailors and designers to branch off a new business based from LCS' Rag-A-Muffin program.
The graduates of LCS are an eclectic group, with skills and professions that spread across Haiti. Among the 346 alumni, Salomon Asmath (LCS ‘96) is one of the most experienced. He has worked for many private companies and through them, Salomon received substantial training in industrial production. As noted in our June 2009 newsletter, his experiences include an employer-funded training program in El Salvador as a production engineer. Despite his success and positive experiences in the private sector, Salomon began working for the United Nations Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, in 2008. The MINUSTAH position did not require any of the production engineering skills that Salomon had obtained in his trainings, but the job did provide stability and a steady income.
In early 2011, Deacon Patrick Moynihan approached Salomon with a unique, albeit potentially risky, proposal. Deacon Moynihan argued that Salomon’s time would be better spent working with a company in the private sector and adding to the economy of Haiti by “producing.” He invited Salomon to join forces with Christina Moynihan to expand the Rag-a-Muffin program. Rag-a-Muffin seeks to transform pepe – donated clothes sent from the USA to Haiti - into purses, laptop bags, tote bags, and other accessory items. Rag-a-Muffin utilizes local production in order to add tremendous value to these new products, which are subsequently exported to the USA and sold to THP supporters.
Read more from the December 2011 article.