Women’s Empowerment Self-Economic Through Training

Project Rationale

In Haiti, women are referred to as Poto Mitan, meaning the center post of a household. It represents the role women play in society and within their own households. As a Poto Mitan, women are the main breadwinners for their families and the household is often dependent upon the work women are able to procure daily. 

Through finance training and business training, DFI seeks to empower women in their role as a Poto Mitan. Our goal is to provide women with the knowledge, skills, and resources to be economically sustainable while also giving them an opportunity to save money and invest in other income-generating activities. 

Vocational training is provided according to the needs and requirements of the employment market. For example, training in business or specific trade skills, like cosmetology. Through this program, we can give women an opportunity to care not only for their families but for themselves and others in their community as the invest in other women. 

Project objectives

WEST project has three (3) main objectives:

  1. Decrease unemployment rate and poverty in Haiti by providing relevant training to enhance skills;
  2. Achieve self-sufficiency among women in Haiti
  3. Create an educated labor force for greater effectiveness and profitability.

Project activities

A series of modules on different topics are designed and developed, aiming at enabling women to officially enter the employment market and acquire necessary skills to better perform their tasks at work. 


The following topics are taught:

  • Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Basic Administrative assistant skills
  • Cosmetology 

On-site training is also provided where trainees are able to put their learning into practice and get feedback.

Project achievements & impact:

  • Seven (7) women have been trained, supported, and encouraged to participate in income-generating activities.
  • Seven (7) other women joined the group, making a total of fourteen (14) women now;
  • Focus Groups are held to give women an opportunity to share their experience and their story with one another, discuss relevant issues, and identify solutions.
  • This program is designed to help promote gender equity, capacity building for women, relevant education, and enhancing living conditions for families. 
  • Besides, WEST project will also help develop a skilled, competent, and effective labor force while attempting to secure potential jobs in Haiti.
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