Renel Laurent | AGE - 22 | HOMETOWN - Gonaives
“Big Ambitions” Renel entered a GO Project supported orphanage at the age of 15 after both of his parents passed away. In Haiti, orphanages can only care for kids up to the age of 18.When Renel reached 18, he enrolled at the Transition Academy, a two year program that prepares kids for life outside of the protected walls of an orphanage. After graduating from the Transition Academy, Renel joined LIFE, where he cuts and sews tees for Allmade. The living wages he earns at LIFE allows him to be self-sufficient, rather than relying on his two uncles, which is the only family he has left. Renel is excited about his future. He aspires to start his own motorcycle rental business and open a barbershop. We believe Renel can accomplish anything he sets his mind to and we look forward to being able to support him on his way.
Isna Celin | AGE - 21 | HOMETOWN - Aux Cayes
“Paying it forward.” Issa grew up in extreme poverty. Unable to care for her needs, her parents made the incredibly difficult decision to drop her of at an GO Project supported orphanage at a very young age, recognizing Issa would have a better chance in life there. When she turned 18, she enrolled at the Transition Academy and paid her way by working at Jumecourt, the guesthouse where the Allmade team stays when in Haiti. Issa now works at LIFE SA, the living wage apparel company where Allmade® garments are sewn. With the money she earns, she is not only able to support herself but also provides for her parents and younger siblings so they can stay together as a family and break the poverty orphan cycle. We are very proud of Isna and hope she will work with us for a long time to come.
Widline Pierre | AGE - 22 | HOMETOWN - Aux Cayes
“An Independant Women” In Haiti, when girls age out of the orphan system at the age of 18 they typically find work for little to no wages as ‘maids’ and end up having children at a young age. With income insufficient to meet basic living standards, this often continues the cycle of poverty orphans. Madeline found a different path by continuing here education at the GO Transition Academy that prepared her for adulthood and work at LIFE, a living wage apparel company in Haiti were Allmade garments are cut and sewn. With the money she earns, she’s able to live on her own and financially support her family and relatives. Madeline is very proud of working hard, earning a good income, and building a life as a young, independent woman in Haiti.
Du Kenson Archil | AGE - 24 | HOMETOWN - Pleaisane, nippes Haiti
“My uncle is an acquaintance of Lucson. I was 21 when my uncle approached me about an opportunity to learn a new profession. Duckenson wanted to be a mechanic but couldn't get access to live on campus so he stayed with his aunt to take classes. After 6 months of school he felt like more opportunities would open if he went to industrial industries to work with machines cutting fabric. He completed a 2 year program between 2015 and 2017 and graduated August 2017. He then started with transition academy straight into life.”