Finding Inspiration in Every Turn!
Established in 2020, Fanm PotoMitan was initiated by a collective of Haitian women who observed a lack of acknowledgment for the valuable contributions made by many within their communities.
Countless women invest substantial time and energy in improving our people and communities, offering support, guidance, leadership, and assistance. Despite facing limited resources, these women consistently surpass expectations.
Recognizing that a desire for attention does not drive their altruistic efforts, we believe it is crucial to acknowledge their contributions. Additionally, our aim is to inspire other young women to aspire to greater achievements, continually strive for improvement, and make a positive impact in their communities.
Founder & CEO
Bijoux Augustin-Abellard was born in Haiti and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She is the founder of Fanm Potomitan. Bijoux is a nurse, a teacher, a photographer, and a paralegal. She is passionate about self-development, self-improvement, healthy living, education, and helping the next person elevate to their best self.
She loves to read, write, cook, dance, travel, and spends time with positive-minded, goal-oriented people. She identifies as a quiet person when she needs to be outspoken when necessary.
She believes that women are the core, the potomitan that keeps society together; women should be accepted, included in all decision-making, and we must protect women at all costs.
Nerlande Prettie Augustin
Nerlande Prettie Augustin was born and raised in Haiti. She came to the U.S. at ten and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. At a young age, Nerlande always saw and appreciated volunteering. In middle school, she started volunteering to feed the homeless at church. Nerlande loves to give a helping hand and helps and supports the people around her and her community. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida. She is a big nature and animal lover.
Nerlande has a master's degree in Business administration from St Leo University. She loves to teach; she enjoys learning and studying when she is not teaching English. Nerlande’s current profession is as a Facilitator for an insurance and banking company.
Kathia JB Simon-Pierre
Kathia Pierre nee Jean-Bernard was born and raised in Haiti. She is passionate about community services, outreach, giving back, and Public Health, especially Women’s Health. She is a St John’s University (Queens Campus) and Molloy Center (Rockville Center) Alumni. Pierre’s a fierce proponent of Women's Rights, for women by women, a world where women can strive and be compensated for their work as equally as their male counterparts. She believes in uplifting and empowering women. Fanm Potomitan(Co-Founder) allows her to contribute to that ideology. She enjoys writing poetry, journaling, therapy (mental health is wealth), spending time with her family, volunteering, tutoring, Arts, and Theatre, among other things.