The Clinton Foundation believes that the best way to unlock human potential is through the power of creative collaboration. That is why we build partnerships between businesses, NGOs, and individuals with diverse perspectives and resources to address and solve critical issues affecting individuals and communities – from combatting the effects of climate change to improving the lives of girls and women.
In Haiti we maintain this collaborative approach by identifying critical economic linkages for sustainable economic development, engaging the appropriate local and international partners, and developing targeted programs that have a lasting impact across five priority sectors: agriculture, energy, environment, tourism, and artisanship/manufacturing.
We view artisanship as one of Haiti’s greatest inexhaustible resources – we believe that artisans are making a valuable contribution to the economic growth of communities around the country, and that an expansion of this important sector can support economic diversification and continue to create sustainable incomes for artisans and entrepreneurs.
In our effort to support local artisan businesses, the Foundation’s Haiti program developed a unique full-cycle investment model that looks at the entirety of targeted value chains for Haitian businesses, bringing together producers, investors, and markets in a way that is socially, environmentally, and economically impactful. These closed-loop investments provide support to Haitian businesses, connect producers and buyers, and promote economic diversification and scale at all stages of product and business development.
For example, since developing this model, the Foundation has connected several small businesses like Papillon Enterprise and Caribbean Craft to international retailers including West Elm, Urban Zen, Breuninger, HomeGoods, and TOMS Shoes, all of whom now sell Haitian products in various international markets. Most importantly, today these businesses are able to sustainably employ hundreds of artisans.
In all of the Clinton Foundation’s work, both in Haiti and abroad, the Foundation serves as an important catalyst and implementer to ensure lives and communities are improved. Alongside our partners, we provide innovative solutions to help people and communities build stronger, healthier, and more resilient futures.