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Partners in

Haiti's Future

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 combating 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.

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Our Partnerships in Action

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Caribbean Craft

In Haiti, we work with our partners to promote sustainable economic development and job creation, with a focus on women-led businesses.

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Papillon Enterprise

The importance of a good, long-term job cannot be overestimated. Small businesses in Haiti face many challenges, but Papillon Enterprises has shown that it is possible to succeed and make a powerful impact.

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KreyÒl Essence / CETPA

Castor oil, a traditional beauty product now embraced worldwide, is the leading product developed by Kreyòl Essence and the CETPA farming cooperative through a unique sustainable agricultural business model.

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Acceso Peanut Enterprise

In Haiti, we are combining the best of nonprofit and for-profit approaches to create new enterprises that capitalize market opportunities to generate social impact and financial returns.


Caribbean Craft

The Clinton Foundation has supported Caribbean Craft’s continued growth by facilitating partnerships with new retailers, buyers, and suppliers. Today, they are selling their beautiful handcrafted artisan work on the international market to companies like West Elm, Home Goods, and Urban Zen – with which we’ve helped them partner.


In Our Partners’ Words

"We believe that families are stronger when women are also earning a living."

Magalie Dresse, Owner, Caribbean Craft



OUR PARTNERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

400 artisan employees
$13.50 wages per day, higher than average
37 artisans received literacy training

Papillon Enterprise

Papillon Enterprise was founded in 2008 to give parents a chance to earn an income and provide health care for their children. In 2013, the Clinton Foundation provided a grant to Papillon Enterprise to enable them to expand their business. The grant covered capacity building, new staff, and new materials and equipment that have allowed Papillon Enterprise to meet the growing demand for their products and to provide stable, well-paid jobs for 300 artisans in the Delmas community. Their products are now featured by retailers like West Elm, Breuniger, and Chan Luu.


In Our Partners’ Words

“Our goal of providing income for families is being realized as the artisans' stories are emerging and confirming that they are now able to buy land, send their kids to school, and have enough food on the table each day.”

Shelley Clay, Founder and CEO, Papillon Enterprise



OUR PARTNERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

300+ artisan employees
$1.1 million estimated in sales in 2013

KreyÒl Essence / CETPA

Kreyòl Essence, a Haitian agribusiness, develops eco-luxury beauty products in Haiti using castor oil – a natural solution for healthy hair and skin – and other premium ingredients. The Clinton Foundation invested in Kreyòl Essence and the farming cooperative CETPA to help mechanize their operations in refining the castor oil. As a result, they have scaled up production while also improving the working conditions of their employees. And now, with an increased interest in castor oil from both Haitian and international buyers, we continue to support Kreyòl Essence and CETPA to ensure they are able to meet growing demands.


In Our Partners’ Words

“My grandmother used to use [castor] oil to comb her hair, but we did not know it was so valuable that it could develop a whole community.”

Josephat "Fritz" Jeanty, CETPA Agricultural Coorperative


OUR PARTNERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

50+ employees
55,000 castor trees to be planted by Kreyòl Essence and CETPA

Acceso Peanut Enterprise

Haiti's climate and soil are ideal for growing high-value commercial crops such as peanuts. Together with our partners, the Clinton Foundation – through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership – is helping to unlock the full potential of these assets by developing sustainable land-use practices that maximize economic and social benefits for generations to come.


In Our Partners’ Words

“Haitian peanut farmers have been on their own for a long time now, meaning little to no access to inputs, services, or profitable markets to sell their peanuts into. We're stepping in to make these peanut-focused inputs and credit available in their communities via our network of depots, paired with training and follow up to make sure farmers use these products correctly and run their farms more like businesses.”

Robert Johnson, the General Manager of the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation



OUR PARTNERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

$1.43 million invested
13 depots built to serve 200-400 farmers
5,000 farmers trained in year one
275MT of peanuts (in-shell) purchased from over 750 farmers




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