Today we’d like to introduce you to Jadine Louissaint.
Jadine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
“You are not where you’re supposed to be! God wants to use beyond what you could ever imagine, but you don’t believe in Him enough for Him to use you. When you get home, you need to read Hebrews 4 and Hebrews 11.” Then she shared a parting comment: Faith without works is dead!”
These were the words shared to me on February 22, 2015 from a complete stranger. That encounter left me determined to know why God went to such great lengths to get my attention and it sent me on a journey that would allow me to walk into my God given purpose of impacting women lives.
My name is Jadine Louissaint and I hail from sunny S.FL with humble beginnings from Little Haiti to spending my formative years in Ft. Lauderdale. I return back to Miami where I obtained a BSN at University of Miami and MBA at Florida International University. I currently reside Miramar FL and work at Jackson Memorial Hospital as an administrator in the clinical resource department, however I had the opportunity in 2015 to take a leap of a faith and start a non- profit called TransforME Ayiti, this organization was birthed from accepting some ugly truths about where my life was going in 2015 and how my destiny would forever change to have a greater impact in communities locally and abroad. I’m just humbled and grateful to experience what it feels like to live on purpose every day.
Being the first born of Haitian immigrants in the 80’s was very interesting and challenging as acculturation summed up my early years. It was a struggle to be Haitian at home and American at school, that left me in an internal conflict and identity crisis that would follow me into my adulthood. I would move through life fully accepting the American side of my identity and rejecting the Haitian side, as no one wanted be associated with the ethnicity that supposedly brought AIDS to the Americas or the people who celebration of Voodoo is called devil worship. I took delight in idea that I could pick and choose what part of the Haitian culture I would acknowledge, this didn’t go well with my parents and for approximately 10 years I would be estranged to them living the American dream on my own. As a single woman with no husband or children, I became a homeowner before 30, traveled to 2 countries annually, and enjoyed the finer things of life. To the world, I had it together because I had the career, degrees, house, men, car, travel stamps and community service. However on the inside I was a hot mess- purposeless, bored, bitter and tired. I did what it took to keep the facade going, even if it meant lying, cheating and hurting others.
So when the stranger shared those words with me, it forced me to dig deeper and figure out what the creator of the universe wanted me to see, which sent me on a pursuit of God and I’m so grateful that He didn’t give up on me. In 2015 my life was interrupted, as I went through it, it was painful yet exhilarating. That year I can honestly say I stopped existing and started living. By the end of that year I would visit the country and culture I rejected for 19 years and I was left speechless on how I missed out in this country glory. This prompted me to make –up for my identity crisis and give back by empowering young women, by starting a mentoring program that would empower young girls of Haitian decent to learn about entrepreneurship with biblical principles, social skills and Haitian culture to start social change projects in Haiti.
Since the inception of the organization in September 2015, we earned 501c3 status in 1 year, created multiple avenues of income without grant monies. I’m the creative behind Fanm pou Bondye T-shirt line- implemented and executed a 6 week fundraising campaign that earned TransforME Ayiti over 5K (http://fanmpoubondye.bigcartel.com). Launched 2 online courses that contains 7 modules that help women starts non-profits (youniqueacademy.org) and live fearlessly for the Lord (youniqueacademy.org/livefearless). Self-Published Author of 1 book and 3 e-books- Implemented and executed a fundraiser book signing with 2 other authors and have over 50 Amazon reviews regarding “You are not where you’re supposed to be… transformative truths of the Spirit-filled life (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0718VW8GN). Over the past 2 years we implemented and executed 2 successful back to school drives in Leogane Haiti. And this year we successfully executed our 1st Miss TransforME Ayiti Pageant on May 5, 2018 (www.transformeayiti.org).
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This journey has indeed has its bumps along the road. The first one was believing in a God that I can’t see and trusting in Him enough to start this non-profit that would impact Haiti. It took me 32 years to really embrace all of me and now I would have the lovely task of introducing the new Jadine that actually cared enough about Haiti to start doing work there. In the beginning it felt like folks thought I was going through a mid-life crisis and wanted to do something good. But overtime as I passionately explained my “why” slowly but surely folks began to see that this vision was bigger than me. Another obstacle was overcoming the fear of rejection as the no’s were real and I began to question myself about pushing through this project. Not having 501 c3 status didn’t help as I quickly found out that it was the standard to have in securing grant monies, partnerships and sponsorships, so that pushed me to get creative so we could make it through the first year. Another notable obstacle was learning the art of discerning which opportunities to accept and reject during the growing stages of the company. What I’ve learned during this journey is that you can’t compromise at any cost when starting a business. If you compromise to get that client, partnership, etc….. you will have to compromise to keep that client, partnership, etc. I’ve also learned that I must show up with my best self every day even when I don’t feel like it. It is at these times I’ve made lasting connections that has help the organization to be where it is today.
Transformation Haiti dba TransforME Ayiti – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our organization equips, inspire and transform young women to become change agents for Haiti with the mentoring program of YOUnique Academy, which encourages young women as young as 10 years old to live for Jesus unapologetically, while equipping them with entrepreneurial skills and Haitian culture. With the motto of ‘Embracing, Loving & Celebrating the best YOU every day!’ on completion of this academy, the goal is each participant leaves with business model canvas and ready to execute their business or social change project in Haiti. We have conducted over a 10 “Who am I” workshops in SFL and 4 workshops in Haiti, where we allow the participants to get a glimpse of our YOUnique Academy curriculum. At the end of last year we curated the entrepreneurial and spiritual components of the curriculum into online courses which open the door for us to help women of all ages. I’m most proud that I fully surrendered my life to the Lord in 2015. This allowed me to take God outside my box and live fearlessly with all gifts and talents He afforded me.
Last year I got to witness one of my clients launch her non-profit in Ghana and secured a mission trip with Nova Southeastern University for 2019 in less than 6 months in existence. This is what empowering one mind, one life and one city at time looks like, all because I decided to take a leap of faith and trust God. This year I got to witness the first Miss TransforME Ayiti 2018 be crowned and overjoyed that her prize included a $500 Scholarship, Launch your Non-Profit Boot camp and all-expense paid trip to Haiti to participate in our 3rd Annual Back to School Distribution in Leogane, Haiti. Her gratitude has left me speechless as it will be her first time visiting Haiti and she will get to witness what living on purpose looks like. Our organization is set apart from other organizations as its Christ centered and focuses on the holistic framework of empowering women of all ages. It provides women the safe space and confidence to have an impact in God’s kingdom with faith and works.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My daily mantra “Is too much is given, much is required”. Success to me is living unapologetically for what one believe in and helping others along the way. I love to see others thrive while providing them the tools to dominate with their natural born talents and gifts that the Lord has afforded them. I wouldn’t be where I am today if other people didn’t take the time to invest in me in so many ways.
- Address: 14359 Miramar Pkwy #221
Miramar FL, 33027
- Website: https://transformeayiti.org
- Phone: 9546677010
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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