The Smallest Superhero

Leveque’s youngest entrepreneur pulled out a plastic bag from his backpack.

“Would you like to buy a bracelet?”

“How much?”

“One dollar.”

We handed over our cash in exchange for handmade bracelets with words like, “God Bless” and “I love Haiti” woven with colorful threads.

“Tomorrow, we have more people coming,” we told him. “Be ready! It’s going to be a big payday.”

For the rest of the day, Olvitch was our shadow, helping carry camera equipment as we toured the village of Leveque, Haiti.

The next morning, he came with his worn bag full to the brim, ready to sell, and good news.

“I bought a goat with money from yesterday,” Olvitch told us. “I give my mom the money I earn from selling bracelets, she goes to the bank to exchange the money, then she buys food or pays for school for my sibling.”

Olvitch is in third grade — how many of us can say we were providing for our family at his age?

He motions down the dirt road to his house. “I started my business when I moved into my house.”

Olvitch’s story is just a small glimpse of the impact a house can have on a family — it can provide opportunity, stability, and security.

Although Olvitch loves his work as a salesman — his favorite thing to do is “just sell bracelets for fun!” — his dream is to be a doctor.

“What’s the hardest part about being a doctor?”

“I don’t really know,” he admits, “but I’d like to care about the patients.”

A couple of years ago, Olvitch’s father, a construction worker, passed away. As the eldest, Olvitch took a position of leadership and responsibility in his family.

“I don’t have a hero — I’m the first-born,” he told us. Olvitch may not have a hero, but he is the hero in his family.

We believe in houses and the power they have to provide superheroes and entrepreneurs like Olvitch with opportunities and hope.

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