Hope for Haiti’s Daily Grind
I grew up on a farm in North Dakota, the tenth child of eighteen. Until I was twelve we had an outdoor toilet. Because of the size of our family, We did not travel much. We played many out door games and of course, there was always a sibling with whom to play. I have now completed 28 years in the ministry serving as a Catholic priest. I never thought I would travel as much as I have since I came from where I did. But I have had the opportunity to see much poverty in different countries including Costa Rica, Mexico, India, Bolivia, Peru, and Haiti. Since I have become pastor in Grafton, ND, 12 years ago I have become acquainted with Haiti since this parish has had a long term relationship with a parish in Haiti. Since I traveled there a number of times, my desire to help on a long term basis has increased. So I want to use a small business to provide a job for someone here and a school for children in Haiti. My dream is that I can provide on-going help to the people of Haiti.
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My business provides coffee, breakfast and lunch in a small quaint place. I decided during prayer about a week ago and had the idea that business could be used to promote what is good, provide education, and a means to build a school in Haiti and provide on-going support for teachers. My biggest challenge lies in that I have had little training in business. My customers are people who need community and a quiet place to have a cup of coffee and a small meal. My goal is to provide a friendly place with conversation here, while providing a place for children to learn in Haiti on an on-going basis. In my circles we often say think globally and act locally, so I am proud that good things are happening here using business while it also affects a global village in Haiti.
What is the purpose of this loan?
It will allow me to purchase equipment for start-up.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year
A loan of $5,200 helps Fr. purchase equipment to open and operate the business.