Packaging Health in the Dominican Republic
A group of Haitian migrant women were told their children were seriously undernourished and needed supplemental feeding. They live in one of the poorest areas of southwest Dominican Republic, in a Bataye (shantytown) built by sugar plantation owners. With the support of the local World Vision program officers, they recognized that their need could be turned into to an opportunity to create their own small business and help other mothers and children. Today they produce, package and sell a multi-grain health food mix which helps children and others who need additional nourishment such as those dealing with HIV and AIDs. It also helps them. The smiles on their faces and their joy in showing us their operations said it all.
Cindy Breilh, Women of Vision National Director, is currently traveling with Women of Vision in the Dominican Republic, where she says they are “finding strong, resourceful and hopeful women everywhere!”