MILKBAGSunlimited was launched by Angela Kesthely in Toronto, Ontario following the devastating Haitian Earthquake of 2010.
It all started with making mats to be used as mattresses or, table covers for surgery use. It did not stop there. The plastic outer shells of 4 litre milk bags don’t disintegrate in landfills. They are strong, colorful and can be transformed into a multitude of products other than mats, such as purses, totes, handbags, slippers …
While saving the planet from discarded, non-recyclable milk bags, the team headed by Angela realized that by giving people the tools and the coaching, income opportunities could be created: MILKBAGSunlimited became a source to micro-entrepreneurship.
Providing finished milk mats mattresses made by volunteers to people who have nothing but bare earth or cardboard to sleep on.
Collect and send much needed supplies such as wheelchairs, crutches, toys, school supplies, tools…to needy countries. We work very closely with Canadian Food for Children the renowned charity founded by Dr Andrew Simone and his wife Joan.
Creating micro-entrepreurships around the world to allow families to have a source of income. When people, mainly women, are able to make money, they can buy food, clothing and other family necessities.
These micro-entrepreneurs create long lasting craft items that are sold locally as well as may other items….
MILKBAGSunlimited is spearheaded by Angela Kesthely, under the auspices of Pierspective Entraide Humanitaire (PEH), a registered Canadian charity formed in 2002 by the Honorary Consul of Haiti, Dr. Eric Pierre and members of the Haitian community.
Currently, MILKBAGSunlimited has no paid staff; all of the people working with MILKBAGSunlimited put their time, talents and energy to promote the collection of milk bags, the production of mats, the creation of handbags and the coaching for people in needy countries to create micro-entrepreneurships. We have no staff, every donation of goods or money made to MILKBAGSunlimted finds its way to the people in the various countries where we work.
The Executive Team consists of the following people:
The Founder – Angela Kesthely
Unstoppable, she raises funds, designs patterns to be used to crochet all types of beach bags, purses , slippers and more with milk bags, teaches the necessary skills, collects boxes of bags, prepares skids for shipping, is a sought after guest speaker for the cause and still finds time to work at the Dr. John Kesthely’s dental office, look after her family and have other hobbies!
The Contact – Bettina Roth
Owns Beauty Connections, the VIP Color Studio and more, is a well known multi-lingual Translator and Professional Development Specialist for the Beauty Industry as well as an award winning hair colorist,. She looks after the website, answers the daily inquires , is involved in the PR and the communications for MILKBAGSunlimited.
The Communications Director of Pierspective Entraide Humanitaire, She oversees the contributions and finances of MILKBAGSunlimited and is the liaison with a partner group in Haiti.
Helen Pierre taught with the Toronto Catholic District School Board beginning in 1976 and later with the York Catholic District School Board. She last taught children with specific learning disabilities, as well as teaching Later Literacy.