The Women of Milot Entrepreneurial Network (W.O.M.E.N.) was founded by Deborah Couri in 2010 after visiting Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti just after the devastating January 12th earthquake.
Women in Milot were struggling to sell their handmade crafts to volunteers who came to Milot. Most were still making the same items that their mothers and grandmothers made before them. Deborah realized they could sell more, and earn more, with a few simple design updates.
In May, 2010 the first training seminar was hosted at Lakou Lakay in Milot for a small group of women who called themselves "The Peasant Women's Association of Milot".
The 6-day seminar gave the ladies a chance to learn new patterns and designs that would enable them to sell more of what they made to the medical groups and other volunteers visiting Haiti to help after the earthquake.
These are some of the first projects made by the women of Milot: Fish Oven Mitts with matching Pot Holders.
The women were excited by the response to their new handicrafts and, by popular demand, there were several more training seminars in Milot throughout 2010.