Grant Recipient Update: Second Mile Haiti
for July 14, 2021
Second Mile Haiti’s mission is to fight childhood malnutrition and improve outcomes for impoverished children in Haiti through a holistic, caregiver-centered approach that meets immediate needs for food and health care through live-in malnutrition and maternity centers and invests in families through education, training, and income-generating business activities.
Since 2012, we have served impoverished Haitians through malnutrition treatment and rehabilitation, maternal and newborn health programs, business and garden start-ups, community-based education, family planning, and support for income-generating activities leading to healthy families and communities.
In March 2020, when the first COVID-19 case was reported in Haiti, Second Mile was caught in a wave of uncertainty. It was unclear how COVID-19 would impact Haiti, but as reports from other countries were coming in, only the worst predictions could be made. After reporting that the country had only 60 ventilators for its more than 10 million people, the government of Haiti opted to close all borders. Suddenly, prices in Haiti skyrocketed and basic food items were hard to find.
The grant from Legacy Collective came at the perfect time. We used the funds to maintain our business program despite significant challenges, start a home gardening initiative, reinvent our Social Enterprise, Tou Natirel, and to create a new product, drinkable yogurt, that resulted in the creation of the type of sustainable jobs, that would not be hindered by a global pandemic.
The results of Legacy Collective’s investment include 60 families who now have stable income through business, a vibrant Social Enterprise that regularly increases production to meet the demands of its customers, a rapidly growing network of vendors currently earning sustainable income through the sales of Tou Natirel drinkable yogurt, and hundreds of families who spent 2020, the year of the pandemic, actively growing vegetables at home.