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MADE IN HAITI, FOR HAITI

Students Add Value and Sustainability to Aid led the duo to create a market for these desirable ethically produced goods, all with an attached benefit. Arnoldy, a graduate of the Stiller School of Business’ International Business program, said her faculty advisor, Scott Baker, directed them to Kathy Lynn, assistant director of International Student Services. Lynn introduced Arnoldy and McGuire to Billy St. Louis, a junior international business student from Haiti. “He became an integral member of our trip to Haiti in March,” said Arnoldy. “Billy acted as a translator and could relate to the Port-au-Prince locals on a different level.” “Billy shares our vision that kids are the future,” said McGuire. “We need to provide them the opportunity to advance in education and make a difference to bring Haiti out of its current state.

Samuel McGuire (bottom right) and Katie Arnoldy (above) have developed lasting relationships with the Haitians they have helped. (Photos provided)

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fter past experiences with rehabilitation work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, Champlain students Katie Arnoldy ‘13 and senior Samuel McGuire (Dec. ‘13) were dedicated to providing sustainable aid to Haiti through economic stimulation. Their ideas began with something as simple as a backpack, handcrafted by Haitian artisans in Port-au-Prince. Their business model developed into a ‘one for more than one’ deal. For every backpack sold, one backpack filled with school supplies and a hygiene kit is donated to a child in need. On top of that, a portion of proceeds goes to an education fund, which pays for school development, teacher salaries, student tuition, and school lunches.

“It’s great to see a country like Haiti make progress,” he continued. In a blog post reflecting on the mission of Edike Ayiti, he states that the key to a bright future for Haiti lies in inspiring the future generations to take control over their own lives. “The school children we are working with in Portau-Prince are the poorest of the poor; we’ve done so much by getting running water in their school, but with the help of David Paquette ’13, we created a more extensive plan with various stages.” In July, Edike Ayiti was highlighted in a USA TODAY College article titled, “In Haiti, a Garment Industry on the Mend with Student Help.” For more information, recent updates, and photos, visit www.facebook.com/EdikeAyiti

Edike Ayiti, which is Haitian Creole for “Empower and Educate Haiti” founders Arnoldy and McGuire have distributed their first three production orders of waxed cotton and leather tote bags and backpacks to backers of their Indiegogo campaign and other supporters. Their tagline, “Made in Haiti, for Haiti,” is a sustainable way to give rise to economic stimulation. “There has been an exceptional amount of ‘dead aid,’” said McGuire. “People are pumping money into the country, creating a culture of dependency, but nothing is being done to change it.” McGuire’s background in media and photography, startup companies and the fashion industry, combined with academic experiences in marketing at Champlain, have

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Final fall 2013 pdf 120913  

The Champlain View, a magazine for alumni, friends, family of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. A focus on international studies, a...

Final fall 2013 pdf 120913  

The Champlain View, a magazine for alumni, friends, family of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. A focus on international studies, a...

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