MESI ANPIL (Thank you)

In the spirit of giving thanks I, Jess, want to take time to acknowledge the people, organizations, funders and mentors that have helped us take the idea of Community Chlorinators implement it in Haiti, revise and begin to iterate all in one year.

Where we’ve been...

In November 2013 the Community Chlorinators business plan was designed through the first Archimedes Project Ideation Lab.

By January 2014 we were putting together pilot plans and developing partnerships.

On June 15th 2014 the launch team arrived in Haiti to start testing the model on the ground.

Today we have three amazing community managers who oversee our daily operations in three communities. Our sales force of over a dozen active (and over twenty-five trained) direct sales agents have been responsible for distributing around 600 bottles of chlorine to their family, neighbors and friends.

We couldn’t have done this without the following advisors, mentors, cheerleaders and friends:

  • Community partners - RAJEPRE and RAVAJEP (Bwa Nef), PENAH (Cite Limye), Team Tassy (Menelas)
  • Daniele Lantagne (Assistant Professor at Tufts University) - For the long discussions in Brown and Brew that helped us think about evaluating our impact in clear and concrete ways.
  • Sabina and Louino Robillard - For all the late night talks at Haiti Communitere and off hand advice on how to be a culturally appropriate and empowering initiative in Haiti. And for reminding me that I shouldn’t fear failure, but rather just aim to fail better than all those who have gone before me.

The professional, social, technical and financial support of;

  • Tisch College at Tufts University
  • Tufts Institute of Global Leadership (Empower Fellowship)
  • Clinton Global Initiative University Conference
  • The Resolution Project (Resolution Fellowship)
  • Haiti Communitere
  • Deep Springs International (producer and supplier of liquid chlorine in Haiti)

For our next stage funders who have see the potential in Community Chlorinators both in Haiti and beyond and put their money where their mouth is to make it happen!

  • D-Prize
  • Diehl Family Social Enterprise Competition
About the author:
Jessica Laporte

Jess graduated in May of 2014 from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and a concentration in Global Health, Nutrition and the Environment. One month later she was in Haiti launching Community Chlorinators (Kouzin Dlo), as the Co-Founder of the Archimedes Project's first clean water social enterprise. Jess is passionate about social entrepreneurship as a mechanism to allow communities to meet their own needs in an aid dependent society. 

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