HISTORY OF V’ICE
V’ice has used a famous Haitian treat, Fresco, and redesigned it into a vitamin-filled shaved ice dessert to help with one of the country’s most pressing issues: vitamin deficiency. Haiti largely suffers from food insecurity which has led to a vitamin deficiency issue for most of the population. Vitamin deficiency causes anemia, weakened immune systems, stunted growth in children, reproductive issues, poor concentration, and a myriad of other health issues. Our solution, V’ice, provides the exact vitamin mixture missing for the majority of the population as identified by the Haitian Health Ministry in a delicious treat at schools, street corners, and neighborhoods.
Not only does V’ice curtail the problem of malnutrition, but it also stimulates the Haitian economy in a big way by creating markets at the bottom of the pyramid, the world's poorest. Because V’ice is a micro franchise, each V’ice hub creates self-employment opportunities and sustainable markets for the micro-franchisees to profit off of. Those at the bottom of the pyramid make less than two dollars a day, but the average V’ice micro-franchisee makes 4 dollars as a full-time seller. Subsequently, the micro-franchisee’s are able to spend their money and create money flow in their local economy. We teach each micro-franchisee to “treat every customer as a king.” We want every customer to have a positive experience when they buy a yummy, healthy treat for themselves. V’ICE’s mission is to improve each Haitian's self-worth and create happy, enjoyable experiences for them.
“If work were good for you, the rich would leave none for the poor” -Haitian Proverb
WHAT YOU'RE DONATING TO:
The V’ICE facility that your donation will support is designed by Haitians and is a sustainable and eco-friendly facility. This facility uses the restaurant size walk-in refrigerator and headquarters to prepare pre-shaved ice to be delivered to the micro-franchisee’s around the country. This one will be in Port-Au-Prince, but that is just the beginning! We plan on continuing to expand V’ICE, with your help. From the beginning in December 2018, when the first V’ICE location was built in Port-Au-Prince, we have been able to provide meals and employment to so many people in need.
Your donation will go towards building a facility to produce shaved ice and vitamin-filled topping so that Haitian can live better, healthier, and profitable lives.