First Mile Initiatives
Many of the areas where Thread works are low-lying and vulnerable. This year, Hurricane Matthew left one neighborhood we serve, Molea, under two feet of water and garbage. Thread joined with Team Tassy to deliver over a dozen truckloads of sand to the area, where local Haitians came together to raise the ground by bucket. This effort kept hundreds of people dry during one of the largest public health crises since Cholera was re-introduced to Haiti in 2010. The agency to come together as a community represents enormous progress for 2016, which makes us particularly proud.
It’s tough to run a resilient business if resources are scarce. In 2016, Thread launched a program to provide interest-free support to Haitian suppliers. These 13 loans prevented centers from closing, allowed entrepreneurs to grow their business, and increased the financial literacy of our suppliers. Because of our 100% payback participation, loans in 2017 are being granted with the money that has been repaid, making this program a self-funded operation within its first year.
This year, Thread transferred the leadership of quarterly plastic supplier meetings to Haitian members within the group. These facilitators set the agenda and run the meetings, further developing professional skills within our supply chain. Through this network of entrepreneurs, members also learn new skills in group dynamics and management, while mentoring one another. This localized support boosts the impact that each business can have in its respective neighborhood.
Child labor is a very real worldwide issue and in 2016 we chose to do something about it. At the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting, Thread joined Timberland, HP, Team Tassy and ACOP (a local Haitian-lead recycling organization) to make the commitment public.
Meet the People the Initiatives are Helping
A homemaker with a young daughter, Dani collects plastic and sells it to a local collection center – earning extra cash for groceries and school expenses.
Gerome runs the Delmas 31 collection center, near the Port-au-Prince airport. One of his 3 employees sorts and de-labels the bottles before packing them in ‘supersacks’.
Renold helps load deliveries for production partner ECSSA, which organizes plastic pick-up across Port-au-Prince. Other center owners find alternative transportation based on cost or convenience.