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Funds2Orgs

January 14, 2015 12:46 ET

Bright Rays of Hope Rise on Fifth Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

Local Residents Being Lifted Out of Poverty by Funds2Orgs' Efforts to Help Them Become Entrepreneurs and Create Microenterprises

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI and ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - January 14, 2015) - Wayne Elsey, CEO of Funds2Orgs, a for-profit social enterprise that promotes micro-enterprises in developing nations, has been working with local Haitians for several years to help them break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient.

This week, Funds2Orgs opened its first Training Depot in Port-au-Prince, serving as a training and education center for locals to take courses in math, reading, writing and to learn basic business skills to become entrepreneurs -- free of charge. As part of the program, the Depot will offer new and gently used purses, shoes, stuffed animals, cell phone chargers and clothing for these newly trained microenterprise operators to resell.

The micro-enterprise concept has already helped several local Haitians. Take Silvia, a micro-entrepreneur who now makes $60 a day through repurposing shoes. She used to make $2 a day. She has been selling gently worn, used shoes for several years, and is now able to support herself.

"We believe it is important to teach the entrepreneurial people of Haiti to fish versus giving them fish," said Elsey. "We want to make a sustainable difference by offering continuing education for the people we work with in Haiti, many of whom have an elementary school-level education."

Here's the way it works: Funds2Orgs will finance the initial inventory for the individuals to be repaid on their replenishment order. Funds2Orgs maintains a team of local educators and trainers who are dedicated to the company's community outreach efforts and management of the Depot. All of the Depot's clients are required to attend classes and will be incentivized by being paid stipends and receiving discounts on their inventory purchases.

This isn't Elsey's first experience in Haiti. He has been involved in relief and redevelopment efforts in the country since the great earthquake of 2010, providing funds, goods, housing, training and helping take care of providing basic needs for a population in desperate need.

In 2015 and 2016, Funds2Orgs has plans to open additional locations in Haiti, including Carrefour, Delmas and Petionville, as well as in Tanzania, Honduras, Bolivia and Guatemala.

Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean, after the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Sadly, 80 percent of the population lives under the poverty line and 54 percent live in abject poverty. The average per capita income in Haiti is $480 per year, compared to $33,550 in the U.S. Education is also a major issue in the country where only 53 percent are able to read and write.

In the U.S., Funds2Orgs teaches schools, churches and other organizations how to raise funds and engage volunteers through hosting shoe drive fundraisers. Funds2Orgs pays these groups to collect gently worn, used and new shoes through donations from shoe drives. Funds2Orgs collects shoes from these shoe drives across the U.S. and internationally, which are then sold to these entrepreneurs to start, maintain and grow micro-enterprises.

About Funds2Orgs:

Funds2Orgs offers real, relevant and engaging fundraisers for the nonprofit community. Founded in 2013, this social enterprise enables individuals, companies and organizations to raise funds while helping to support micro-enterprise opportunities in developing nations. Recently featured in Forbes, Funds2Orgs is the latest enterprise from Wayne Elsey, founder and former CEO of Soles4Souls and author of "Almost Isn't Good Enough." Funds2Orgs is headquartered in Orlando, Fla. Learn more by visiting http://funds2orgs.com.

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