It is very difficult to raise a family in Haiti, with violence, crimes and starvation. The average annual income is under $400 and most live in poverty. Life is extremely difficult, especially for women in Haiti. Rape and violence against women have a high rate in Haiti. Women are seen as sexual objects, usable and abusable.
A women’s role in society depends on her or her husband’s economic status. Sadly most women are very poor and they are limited to what they do. Such as field work, domestic work, working at a sweatshop or selling at market. It is said women do most of the work, but they don’t make the decisions. If a woman does not give her husband a son, he finds another woman to have a boy with. Haitian women work hard despite all they must go through. In hopes that their children can one day have a better life.
Our organization’s (Dresses For Haiti) goal is to be a part of change for Haiti. We hope with every dress that is made and sold, it will be the next step to giving the women and children a better life.