July 29, 2015
Jul 29

Clinton Foundation Visit to Haiti Shows Progress in Encouraging Economic Growth, Empowering Girls and Women & Supporting Small Businesses

Press Release

Chelsea Clinton and Donna Shalala Saw Progress on Clinton Foundation Projects and CGI Member Commitments; Expansion of Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership Chakipi Haitian Distribution Enterprise for Female Entrepreneurs Announced

Port-au-Prince — Today, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton and President Donna Shalala concluded a trip to visit Foundation efforts that are supporting the development and growth of the Haitian agriculture, health, and business sectors, as well as women’s entrepreneurship.

After a successful pilot of the Chakipi distribution enterprise with 110 Haitian female entrepreneurs, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) announced plans to scale nationally. Modelled off of the Chakipi program in Peru, CGEP’s Haitian distribution enterprise will close the market gap by enabling female entrepreneurs from the community to be part of a door-to-door sales distribution network. Overall, this model helps to create jobs for women in the community while also providing access to low-cost, basic household products.

While in Haiti, Chelsea Clinton took over the Clinton Foundation’s Instagram, sharing her unique perspective on the Foundation’s work in Haiti and how #ActionIsGreater through partnership and collaboration. In addition, the Clinton Foundation launched a new Haiti microsite spotlighting the Foundation’s work, unique models, and programs.

The Clinton Foundation’s innovative philanthropic model shows that action is greater when different partners are able to collectively approach critical challenges, such as fostering sustainable economic development with a shared goal of increasing opportunities for girls and women. In Haiti, this includes helping to raise emergency relief funds; providing grants to local organizations; developing commercially-viable renewable energy projects; and creating partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has helped raise more than $30 million for Haiti, including relief funds and projects that are focused on supporting Haiti’s small and medium businesses; improving livelihoods; enhancing education; and exploring the nexus of agriculture, energy, and the environment. Today, the Clinton Foundation focuses on creating sustainable economic growth in the priority sectors of energy, tourism, agriculture, and artisans/manufacturing.

Additionally, through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, CGI members have made more than 100 Commitments to Action focused on Haiti, which will be valued over $500 million when fully funded and implemented. Now in its seventh year, CGI’s Haiti Action Network has a significant focus on creating sustainable jobs and encouraging investment in the country.

Learn more at Haiti.clintonfoundation.org, and follow the Clinton Foundation on InstagramTwitter and Facebook to receive updates about our work.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Caribbean Craft 
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
In 1990, Joel and Magalie Dresse founded Caribbean Craft to address Haiti’s high unemployment through job creation. The company strives to find ecological uses for recycled materials, and then helps artisans design functional products from them. Caribbean Craft is a longtime partner of the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti Program as they work together to connect Haitian businesses with local and international buyers; and to facilitate stable and equitable purchase agreements that benefit producers, suppliers, and those eager to procure Haitian products, such as with West Elm and TOMS shoes.

At this stop, participants saw Caribbean Craft’s facility and their operations focused on producing high-quality artisan products. They heard stories from artists-in-training and staff about how they came to work with Caribbean Crafts and the impact it has had on their income and lives.

No Ceilings Conversation hosted by Chelsea Clinton
Immediately following, Chelsea Clinton hosted a No Ceilings Conversation with Caribbean Craft Co-Founder Magalie Dresse, as well as Carine Roenen from the Fonkoze Foundation, and an audience of entrepreneurs, students, and nonprofit workers about how we can work together to inspire female entrepreneurship, sustainable economic independence, and the full participation of girls and women in Haiti. By examining current experiences, challenges, and future goals of female entrepreneurs, the group discussed emerging trends, technologies, and approaches as seen through a gender perspective and lens. This was the 18th No Ceilings Conversation overall, and the fourth held abroad.

GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center and Women’s Vocational Training Center
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The Cholera Treatment Center was developed in partnership with leading Haitian healthcare provider, GHESKIO, and MASS Design Group, a CGI commitment maker, with support and facilitation from the Clinton Foundation. This is Haiti’s first permanent Cholera Treatment Center, and serves a catchment area of 60,000 local residents. The innovative building by MASS Design Group includes a specially designed water purification system that filters all contaminated water on-site.

Participants toured GHESKIO to see the impact the Center has had and the innovative structure used by CGI commitment-maker MASS Design. With one of Haiti’s leading physicians, Dr. Bill Pape, they visited the specially designed water purification system and wastewater treatment facility. Before seeing the facilities, they also saw the various programs that GHESKIO has developed to advance women’s health and economic independence, including the Women’s Vocational Training Center at GHESKIO, where former sex workers are able participate in job training and learn professional skills such as how to make sustainable furniture.

Papillon Enterprise
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Papillon is a woman-owned business that was founded in 2008 to give parents a chance to earn an income and also care for their children. In 2013, the Clinton Foundation invested in Papillon Enterprise to enable them to expand and diversify their business. The grant covered capacity building, new staff, and equipment like kilns and pottery wheels. This has helped Papillon Enterprise meet the growing demand for their products and to provide stable, well-paid jobs for 300 artisans in the Delmas community. The Clinton Foundation also facilitated a partnership with NRG Energy to solarize Papillon’s whole facility. Their products are now featured by retailers like West Elm, Breuniger, and Urban Zen.

Participants visited Papillon Enterprise to tour the facility, seeing local artisan create a variety of products from recycled and locally procured materials, as well as visit their employee day care center. Papillon has strengthened their workforce by providing skills and financial literacy trainings, and the Clinton Foundation has been able to increase their market access, and provide support for the growth of the businesss.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Centre de Stockage et de Transformations des Produits Agricoles (CETPA) Farming Co-Op, Supplier of Kreyòl Essence
Mirebalais, Haiti
Participants visited the local, for-profit farming cooperative, Centre de Stockage et de Transformations des Produits Agricoles (CETPA) — a key supplier to Kreyòl Essence,  a company that creates Haitian eco-luxury personal care products based on unrefined castor oil. With support and investment from the Clinton Foundation, Kreyòl Essence and CETPA were able to vertically integrate their operations throughout the entire castor oil value chain by engaging farming, processing, packaging, exporting, and marketing with the common goal of improving local socioeconomic conditions through the development and promotion of local products. Additionally, the Clinton Foundation provided CETPA a grant to fund new machinery, solar energy, and other infrastructure upgrades for the facility to increase production and improve working conditions.

Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) Peanut Enterprise’s Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation (Acceso) and Chakipi Distribution Enterprise 
Mirebalais, Haiti
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, created a social enterprise in Haiti that works to address market opportunities in local supply and distribution chains. One of CGEP’s Acceso depots serves as the central location for farmers to sell and store their peanuts. Created in January of 2014, Acceso is a peanut supply chain enterprise that provides capacity building and inputs to more than 1,500 farmers in order to significantly improve their peanut yield and quality. It also purchases peanuts from smallholder farmers at favorable, fixed prices, and sorts, tests, and re-sells directly to large buyers and the general market.

Using these same Acceso Peanut Enterprise depots, CGEP also successfully piloted a distribution enterprise for female entrepreneurs and announced it is expanding the program to a national scale. Modelled off of the Chakipi program in Peru, CGEP’s Haitian distribution enterprise will close the market gap by empowering and enabling female entrepreneurs from the community to be part of a door-to-door sales distribution network. Overall, this model gives the base of the pyramid market access to low-cost, basic household products while simultaneously creating jobs for women in the community. Participants visited with Chakipi employees to learn about the work and how it is making an impact for women, families, and the Haitian economy.

Partners in Health Mirebalais Hospital, home to several CGI Commitments to Action
Mirebalais, Haiti
Partners In Health’s University Hospital in Mirebalais, which is home to two CGI commitments, is a 205,000-square foot, 300-bed facility that brings innovation and services previously unavailable in Haiti’s public system. The hospital provides primary care services to about 185,000 people in Mirebalais and serves as a national referral hospital.  The hospital was built after the 2010 earthquake to provide improved healthcare at the primary and tertiary care levels for one of Haiti’s most underserved populations. Participants visited the Mirebalais hospital, Haiti’s premier teaching hospital, to meet with doctors, nurses, and patients. During the visit, they saw the pediatric, oncology and surgical units.

A key part of the Mirebalais hospital, Avon Cancer Care, was the result of a CGI Commitment to Action, made in 2010 by the Avon Foundation for Women. Together with Partners in Health (PIH), Avon committed to providing expert clinicians to train community health workers to perform clinical breast screening exams, as well as modern equipment for diagnostics, access to state-of-the art pathology evaluation, and treatments where available. The program has allowed PIH to screen and treat thousands of women, providing them with education, consultations and clinical breast exams, support groups, chemotherapy, and life-saving surgeries. A total of 3,500 people have received increased access to health services as a result of this commitment, and the work continues.