Jascinthe Laguerre is a participant in our Chache Lavi programme on Île à Vache, and recently launched her own new business.
Coming from the community of Grand Sable, Jascinthe is a timarchant [small trader] with a market stall in the village of Madame Bernard every Monday and Thursday. She buys and resells food products, including rice, beans, and more.
Jascinthe’s personal goal is to finish and modernize her house: on Île à Vache, that means installing solar electricity, running water and an indoor toilet. She wants to move out of credit, grow her own business and reinvest what she earns through that by opening a store by her house.
Here, she explains the impact that Chache Lavi is making in her life.
“I am married and have one child. I am a participant in Haven’s Chache Lavi programme. Through my community group, I was qualified to participate in the programme.”
“Since starting the programme, I have received a lot of training, and I learned a lot about subjects I didn’t know – self-esteem, autonomy, human rights, nutrition, entrepreneurship, and budgeting.”
“I live with my husband; he is happy that I am part of the Chache Lavi programme. Before the programme, my life was getting on little by little. Now, my life is more as I wish it to be. I am very, very happy with the programme”.
Jascinthe spoke these words while undertaking the Orientation Phase of the programme and, at the time, her business plan was being finalised. Since then, her business was approved for financing and she launched it on 21 July 2016!