Coco McCabe: Haiti’s entrepreneurs keep life going, part 2

Oxfam America’s Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here’s her latest update, dated January 27; this is part two of a two-part series.

Read part 1.

In December, about a month before the tragedy changed everybody’s lives, Janicia Dorval got a bank loan of 15,000 gourdes (about $370) to help her fund a used-clothing business. It was in full swing at the Petionville Club on Wednesday, with customers–mostly women–crowding around the shoes and purses heaped on plastic tarps next to the dusty road. There were the red patent leather slip-ons, shimmering in the sun, and green flip flops, and practical black loafers.

Dorval, leaning toward the practical in flat canvas shoes and a simple hat to keep the sun off her head, was driving a hard bargain with her customers. She wouldn’t budge on the price of a black bag with a zipper–35 gourdes (87 cents). But toss in a pair of sandals, and she’d let the whole catch go for 400 gourdes (about $10). Behind her stood her shelter, decked out in a tiered lace curtain, yellow with dust.

Asked what she needed to help her business grow, the answer came as no surprise.

Money, she said.

But for Pharisien Marcaise, a 45-year-old tailor, who had sent all four of his children to Catholic school, there’s something even more important for Haitians to have if they are going to move their country forward following this disaster.

“Education,” he said. “If the country doesn’t have education, it’s a dead country.”

Marcaise spoke with an unshakable conviction, even as the price he has now had to pay for it is higher than any parent should ever have to shoulder: When the quake struck, his son, who was studying to be a lawyer at Rubens Leconte University and was the first of Marcaise’s children to achieve that academic level, was killed when the building around him collapsed.

“There are people who have lost five children,” he said quietly above the hum of the camp around him. “I have to keep going with my life.”

For now, that means keeping a small generator chugging so he can charge the batteries on the cell phones everyone here carries. Without a regular source of electricity, people depend on small vendors like Marcaise to keep them connected with their friends, their families, and the world.

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Is Your NonProfit ready for millennials? It better be.

A study from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that children and teens are spending a fairly dramatic amount of time using entertainment media per day. If your nonprofit millennial ready?

The report, which was released Wednesday, showed that 8- to 18-year-olds “devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media across a typical day.” That adds up to more than 53 hours a week. And thanks to multitasking, they wind up packing in nearly 10 hours and 45 minutes of content during those seven and a half hours. -CNET

Let”s look at some of the key statistics that are important for us:

  • The only media use that declined was reading printed newspapers and magazines
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  • Two-thirds of 8- to 18-year-olds have a cell phone, which is up from 39 percent five years ago.
  • Social networking was the most popular computer use accounting for an average of 22 minutes a day.

Putting this in perspective, if you have a growth strategy that is looking to cultivate the next generation of donors, it better have a new media strategy. I”ll write more about Generation Y and their impact on the NonProfit industry in a following post.payday loans in jennings lapayday loans danforth toronto

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Mashable posted a great list of easy ways of greening your online presence. Below is a list of the top 10, but you can read the full article here.

1. Environmentally Friendly Web Hosting

2. Offset Your Carbon Usage

3. The 350 lbs. Project

4. Join 1% For the Planet

5. Offer Eco-Incentives to Subscribers

6. Encourage Green Lifestyle Changes

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8. Speed Up Your Site

9. Use Printer-Friendly Versions of Content

10. Consider Your Colors

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