Meet one Haitian woman helped by Watts of Love

  • Daisy, a "local translator" in Haiti, proudly shows off the cow she purchased after following the Watts of Love model to improve her life.

    Daisy, a "local translator" in Haiti, proudly shows off the cow she purchased after following the Watts of Love model to improve her life. Courtesy of Watts of Love

 
Submitted by Esther Scheele, Watts of Love
Posted8/5/2020 6:00 AM

When our team first met Daisy as a "local translator" in Haiti, her lack of confidence and motivation quickly became evident. With slumped shoulders and a lack of interest, her demeanor was dejected and down.

Serving as a translator for the travel team, Daisy listened to the stories of how our lights could dramatically change lives. She sat with the Watts of Love team members and saw them explain our model: Save the kerosene money. Purchase an animal. Invest in yourself first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The dream couldn't have been further from Daisy's reality. How could this work for someone like her? She has two kids. She couldn't afford to put them in school or pay for their much-needed doctor visits. She was barely able to feed them.

Daisy enthusiastically received her light. We wished her well and left Haiti.

Daisy, who lives in Haiti, shares her story of pulling herself out of poverty with help from the Watts of Love organization.
Daisy, who lives in Haiti, shares her story of pulling herself out of poverty with help from the Watts of Love organization. - Courtesy of Watts of Love

One year later, we returned and heard Daisy would once again be our translator.

Daisy's transformation was shocking. She stood tall, she stood strong, she asked if she could speak to the assembly of Haitian women herself to impart her wisdom as someone who had been in their shoes.

Daisy had bought chickens first, and paid for her children's medical bills. She bought pigs and put her kids in school. She bought goats and made money to start a small business. Now she lived in abundance.

On our latest trip to Haiti, Daisy served as a beacon of hope for her children and her community. There's no stopping her. She has a thriving business, was able to build a new, safer home, and now their family owns a cow -- the holy grail of assets in Haiti.

With one cow, Daisy will ultimately pay for four-year college for her child.

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