Here is a very exciting report for the last work trip to Haiti 8/10-26/17
Every single step we make in Kay Blada Recycling is a huge progress. I have made 3 work trips since Kay Blada was started. I think this 2-week work trip, August 10-26 2017, was the most remarkable one because I accomplished so many great things in a such a short period of time. I made so much progress--I am already too excited about the next trip which will be in December!
I introduced the lesson plan to the school teachers so they can start putting it in execution when school starts in September. I did not have the money to do it the way I was hoping, but at least I got something started, so next time I will only build up on that and improve it. Luckily the teachers embrace the idea so nicely that I have strong hope that it will be successful!
I legalize Kay Blada Recycling. We are finally a legal Social Enterprise in Haiti! It was very easy this time; not only I got help from a good friend that works at the government office in Hinche, but I also had all the paperwork basically ready even before I got to Haiti. I feel so relieved to have accomplished this!
I made my 3-year rent contract (where Kay Blada is located) legal, which was one of the things I tried to do back in February when I was there for 3 months, but that did not happen then. This time I made this a top priority and luckily it went nicely and smoothly. Normally I would not have to do that, but I figured that it's important to make the contract legal instead of having a verbal deal.
I found a larger space for the recycling center. I am hoping that I can buy it. It's approximately 2 acres of land, and will cost around $6,000. It’s a good location and most importantly it's a good price.
I started making the promotional video to air on television, as an educational message for the public to know the importance of a safe environment, and the existence of the recycling center/#KayBladaRecycling in the community. Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to get that finished all the way, although it’s in studio and hopefully will be published soon.
I organized a networking event with other local Haitian entrepreneurs who are doing positive work in the community of Hinche. We shared ideas with each other and discussed common obstacles that we face to doing our work.
Finally, I walked around Port-au-Prince to find out what kind of truck we want to buy and I got a few estimates from car dealerships. We will need a truck because this will allow us to be independent, meaning not depending on outside drivers to bring our merchandise to market.
My next trip will be in December 2017. That's when the solar panels, and a generator will be installed. This means that in December both the solar panels and Generator will be hooked up to the compactor to start compacting plastic!
Remember: these trips cost a lot of money and in addition to the trips costs, I am still paying the loans that I took to purchase the equipment. I am going to be paying 25% of the $15,000 that the solar panels will cost. At the same time, I am already paying back the $4000 that I borrowed to purchase both the small compactor and a generator. Although, I am very happy to announce that we are making enough money every month to pay our employees and to continue purchasing plastic from our street collectors! But that money cannot do anything else because it's not much to rely on. Therefore, Kay Blada still needs your generous support.
This trip was successful because of the generous support of:
June & Ib Thomsen
Carol Sanford Schuit Emerson
Reina Galjour ...Thank you everyone!!!
Our GOAL for the next 12 months:
These are the things that we need in order to grow and continue in improve Haiti’s Environment and create more income opportunities for the people and to grow the local economy.
To have a truck that will be used to transport our compacted plastic to P-au-P. Also the truck will be going all around the Center Plateau, and all the way to Cap Haitian to pick up loose plastic and transport it to Kay Blada Recycling for processing. ~$35,000 (one time cost)
We will have to have a large- sized piece of land with some kind of building on it, to be able to handle more material and be able to work even when it's raining. ~$20,000 (one time cost)
To have a team of well-trained school teachers who will teach environmental protection and Recycling in all the schools all around the country. $4,500/year
To have a 3-wheeler which will be used in the local area of Hinche to pick up plastic in areas that are unreachable by truck ~$2,000 (one time cost.)
Three work trips to Haiti for me (Blada). My physical presence is very important to maintain the success of Kay Blada, and to continue doing the face to face management for the local staff which is indispensable. Each trip costs $2,000, three trips per year $6000.
These are just the tools and equipment we are going to work for, which will require more staff meaning more jobs in the community. If we reach all our goals, we are hoping that we will create at least 250 jobs and collect tons of plastic by the end 2018. Which means a better economy in Haiti, at the same time a safer Environment for all of us!
Therefore, we will need your support and financial assistance. Kay Blada will be doing lots of fundraising events. So please join our event planning team if you have any experience and expertise in fundraising and event planning or marketing. And/or come to our events to support us, and make sure you bring 2 friends with you. Also, PLEASE SHARE our posts on Social media to help us spread the word.
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