Our experience in Haiti in humanitarian development projects, previous experience in other organizations, allied to discussions and reflections held with people who share the same interests, generated a workable idea and helped mature the underlying judgment.
The “workable idea” has a very clear goal: generate businesses capable of employing other people. So we can immediately state the main and almost sole indicator of success of this project: when a candidate, who has come to us for support, grows his small business to the point he needs, is able to, and hires at least one additional person, we can open the champagne.
Peace and well-being are intimately linked to the healthy dynamics of society, and work has, if not the primary, one of the most fundamental roles. Work affects the individual person’s stability, from all points of view; it generates interactions, and it enlivens a market. Our project is thus focused on work and entrepreneurship.
The prime setting for the discovery of one’s own identity is work. To teach how to work in the strict sense, and to teach how to work as a profound belief that the other can collaborate and bring his personal input, conveys dignity and helps own-discovery.
The project is to be fully managed by people who work locally, in the field, mobilizing local resources to the limit, both human and material. Only what really and reasonably cannot be obtained locally, will be object of outside support.