In April Kouzin Dlo hired 2 Program Assistants, Ema Dulene and Beverly Pierre from L’école Supérieur d’Informatique de Haiti (ESIH). Starting in February we began recruiting for 2-4 part-time assistants positions through ESIH, a Port-au-Prince based university with a strong business and computer science program. We were connected to the career services director at the university through our Kouzin Dlo cheerleader, Charles Plaisimond, who never ceases to have new ideas and contacts for us.
We were excited to receive 11 applications from ESIH students with candidates from the undergraduate and masters programs. In the application process we held group interviews including a computer task, to gauge skills, then offered individual interviews to 4 women. The final decision was tough, given that all of the candidates were qualified and brought unique experience in program management, small businesses, health and community outreach.
Since starting work in April Ema and Beverly have already contributed to major revisions in training and marketing materials, data entry and data processing and our partner recruitment process. Most importantly they bring a local perspective to both the daily operations and big picture planning. Their advice and feedback have helped to rework and reorganize our management system and style from sales agents to community managers and new partners. I look forward to continuing to learn alongside them and improving our operations and reach through their experience!