Today was a very special day. Today was the first day of work for three moms in Haiti. Today was the first day Haiti Babi gave moms jobs. Jobs, hope, the opportunity to provide for their children and keep their families together.
I am so happy.
Almost one year ago exactly I got home from my first trip to Haiti, and was anxious and depressed thinking about how much work there was to be done and how ill-prepared I was to do any of it. Twelve months, two more trips to Haiti, countless sleepless nights, one incredibly special business partner, the hippest knitter I know, a rockstar on-the-ground partner, and a whole crew of amazing friends and family supporters later, there are three moms who have the hope for a brighter future for their family. That might not seem like much, but to me, it is a triumph.
So first of all, thank you to everyone who has supported Haiti Babi to make this possible. It truly takes a village to raise a start-up, and we have had nothing short of amazing help in moving this vision forward.
Secondly, there is still so much work to do! There’s the immediate needs, like finding a table in Haiti that fits our knitting machine, and getting chairs for our Haiti Babi Moms so we don’t have to borrow someone else’s . . . then there’s the continued training of our moms (thank you Jessica!) so that they can make Haiti Babi blankets and be proud of their work, and then of course the not-so-small feat of selling blankets and creating the economic sustainability of this business so that we can continue giving moms their first, second, and one-thousandth day of work. There will undoubtedly be lots of unforeseen bumps in the road, and there have already been many, but days like today make it all worth it. There are so many more moms to empower, so many more children to reunite with their parents, so many more families to keep together.
But I believe in celebrating things, even the small things. Although employing three moms may one day (hopefully) feel like a small number, this will always be a big thing. So HOORAY for all of you reading this, as you are a part of this journey. Stay tuned for more information on our three moms, I look forward to sharing their stories and successes with you as we all continue this journey together.