START DATE : 2011 PARTICIPANTS : 50
To date, WGI has 50 participants who received scholarship support since 2011 for primary and secondary school. In 2016, four beneﬁciaries began their university course of study, in nursing, teaching and engineering. The rest of the group is successfully enrolled in school and receiving the complimentary package of aid (weekly workshop, retreat, access to trusted advisers).
Since 2014, WGI has supported 8 families with micro-ﬁnance loans and technical assistance. The businesses are still running, and some of the families have repaid portion of the loans, which were then redistributed. The strategy for expansion for this initiative is to develop a fund and a grant application process, which will strengthen the ﬁnancial and business literacy to include all the parents. We hope to create a community of small entrepreneurs.
The strategy to expand our education program starts with building partnership between public and private institutions in order to recruit vulnerable girls. In 2017, WGI has identified three schools that have adequate caliber from which to select the new cohort of beneﬁciaries. We aim to add 50 participants per year.
For summer 2018, a 6 weeks Girls Leadership summer university for a period of 4 years will be added for high school girls to better prepare for college acceptance. The vision is within ﬁve years to form a cohort of 200 young women in their twenties who are ready to step into leadership roles and shape legal and political infrastructure in Haiti.