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Mission Control

Cherie Miot Abbanat ’90 leads a nonprofit in Haiti promoting women’s self-sufficiency.

When asked to define her mission in one word, Cherie Miot Abbanat ’90 easily states “empower.” As the CEO of Haiti Projects, Inc., she embodies this mission on a daily basis.

Haiti Projects is a nonprofit that empowers women in rural Haiti by promoting self-sufficiency and access to education, health care, and jobs at fair-trade wages. Recent projects have included constructing the first “maker library” in the country.

“Working to empower women is my passion,” said Abbanat, “it keeps me going and keeps me thinking: If we can do this in rural Haiti, we can do this anywhere.”

Abbanat grew up in the United States and Haiti, and was inspired to reconnect with Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Since joining Haiti Projects in 2012, she has transformed the then struggling organization into a growing social enterprise.

Abbanat, who majored in economics and French, credits her Simmons education for first empowering her as a student: “[Simmons] helped me find my voice as a young woman, and I learned how to grow that voice a little stronger each year.” For more information, visit the Haiti Projects website.

“Working to empower women is my passion, it keeps me thinking: If we can do this in rural Haiti, we can do this anywhere.” —Haiti Projects, Inc. CEO Cherie Miot Abbanat ’90