By Timothy Scalet, Senior Designer/Producer
Is it possible to save the world with ice cream? Well, some of my friends are giving it a try.
This August, I traveled to Haiti to work with Blue Marble Dreams and Haiti 155 on their joint program to build an ice cream shop in Port-Au-Prince Haiti. Called Bel Rev, which means Sweet Dreams in Haitian Creole, this shop will be run by members of Kofaviv. This organization was founded by and supports survivors of sexual violence in the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince.
The goal of founding the ice cream shop is to provide an opportunity for this group of women to build a livelihood, support local farmers, and create a gathering place for the community.
We spent a day training these future entrepreneurs in business skills such as customer service and how to write a profit and loss statement. We also visited the site of the future shop. It was so powerful to see exactly how the project would come to life, including a computer lab, kids play area, and garden. (For a sneak peek, click here.)
Over the six day trip, we also visited a few beaches and a fishing village supported by Haiti 155. It was my first time in Haiti, and I was overwhelmed by how welcoming everyone was towards us. The joy they found in things we take for granted such as a fresh lunch or a bottle of perfume made me appreciate how fortunate I am.
Overall, the trip was an incredibly inspiring experience. I highly recommend making a visit to this vibrant, dynamic country. And if you’re there in 2015, make sure to check out Bel Rev!
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