SEED International works in rural areas of developing nations where access to resources is limited. We aim to empower and equip individuals and communities by partnering with them in education, entrepreneurship, and development projects.
Education is the starting point for any type of growth and development. It establishes a foundation to build on so that people can provide for their immediate needs and invest in their family’s future.
Entrepreneurship enriches the lives of individuals by equipping them with the tools they need to start and manage their own business. Business, in turn, has the power to restore dignity to individuals, keep families together, and change communities for the better.
Community development is possible because of the leaders who live and work in the community. Each project is assessed and selected by a group of community leaders in order to enrich the lives of those who live in the community and grow the capacity for opportunities there.
Together, we grow
Working together to cultivate lasting change by planting seeds of hope and empowerment.
What We Do
We believe business is the only sustainable way to fight poverty. Our goal is to equip leaders with the tools they need through education and training. We work directly with students, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the community to help determine goals for themselves, their families, and their communities. We then work with them to develop an action plan and follow through with each step until their goal is achieved. As a result, each person we work with is empowered and equipped to provide for themselves and their family, contribute to their community, and help others.
Through the use of the Participatory Rural Appraisal methodology developed by the World Health Organization, we conduct interviews, facilitate focus groups, and lead community leaders in various exercises over a week-long intensive process. This methodology utilizes the knowledge and expertise of members of the community to determine individual and community needs in terms of education, health and community development to support long term economic sustainability and growth.
We then partner with community leaders to evaluate needs and develop an action plan in order to accomplish our unified goals and objectives. This innovative approach focuses on empowering communities to help themselves and only implements projects that can contribute to the good of the community as a whole in a sustainable, holistic way.
Where We Work
We currently operate in the southwest district of rural Haiti in the communities of Beloc, Tombe Gateau, Decouze, and Camatin.
We believe our vision has the power to change not only communities in Haiti, but worldwide. Our business training manual is written specifically for participants living in rural communities in developing nations, so it can be translated and taught anywhere in that context. For questions about our training, our model, or general inquiries please reach out!