This Saturday, July 14th, Roots of Development is hosting A Taste of Haiti, our 4th Annual DC Fundraiser. During the event, Ms. Danielle Saint–Lôt will be presented with the Max Pulgar-Vidal Award.
Ms. Saint-Lôt is the Co-Founder of and Special Advisor to Femmes en Démocratie. She currently serves as an associate and CEO at Caribbean Business Consulting (CBC). Ms. Saint-Lôt was the first Haitian woman appointed Minister of Commerce and Industry, previously serving as the Minister of Tourism.
Through her work with both Femmes en Democratie and Vital Voices, Ms. Saint-Lot has long been a strong advocate for women in Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake, she stressed developing the Haitian economy outside of Port-au-Prince, where 80% of economic activity took place before the earthquake. In an interview with NPR, Ms. Saint-Lot emphasized the need to rebuild the country around education and economic opportunity.
When GFDAG, Root’s partner women’s group in Gran Sous, wanted to start a business, Ms. Saint-Lot steered Roots and GFDAG toward Femmes en Democratie. She connected Roots to Brunette Merise, a highly qualified consultant, who would ultimately host thirty days of workshops for 91 women. Femmes en Democratie helped organize GFDAG to prepare them to run a business. Basic, but essential skills were taught, including sales and marketing, accounting, and the concept of credit.
Ms. Saint-Lôt’s commitment to women throughout Haiti has focused on not only empowerment, but also establishing relationships between local communities and social classes alike. We are very honored that Ms. Saint-Lôt for this special night.
Max Pulgar-Vidal was a man of extraordinary intelligence, vision and generosity who led a life of service to the world community. Max was an international economist for the World Bank prior to working in the Office of the Executive Vice-President at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Roots of Development is proud to have the opportunity to annually honor our friend and mentor Max Pulgar-Vidal in recognition of his distinguished life and in gratitude for his enlightened encouragement and generous support during the early stages of our development. Each year, the Max Pulgar-Vidal Award is given out to an individual who has shown continued commitment to Haiti and sustainable development through knowledge, empowerment, and dedication.
In addition to the award presentation, the night will feature a Haitian food competition between local Haitian/Haitian-American chefs. Guests will sample food from each chef and vote on their favorite. The event will also include live music and an array of V.I.P. judges, including Ron Duprat of “Top Chef,” Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins, and Anedie Azael, Miss Haiti 2011! Eat, drink, and cast your vote on the best pate dish of the night.