the mif blog

Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Opportunities for Haitian artisans sprout along the handicrafts value chain

By Nara Meli


As you may recall, the MIF partnered with the Artisan Business Network (ABN), to empower Haitian artisans by improving their business skills and assisting them in the production and marketing of their creations. Over 1,000 artisans throughout Haiti are now members of ABN, in places including Port-au-Prince, Croix-des-Bouquets, Jacmel, and the Plateau Central.

Haitian mango farmers: making improvements last

By Nara Meli


Close to 200,000 farmers produce mangoes in Haiti and FAO estimates that it is among the world’s 20 largest mango producers, with 200,000 – 400,000 metric tons a year. But Haiti’s mango exports have not increased in the last two decades due to poor access to finance, lack of organization of farmers and low productivity. How can the sector’s potential for growth be improved sustainably?

MIF launches project to revive cocoa value chain in Haiti

By Nara Meli

On October 5, the MIF launched the project “Creating Alliances in Cocoa for Improved Access and Organization in Haiti” in Dame Marie, in the Grand’ Anse department. The event, which gathered over 200 farmers from most of the cities of the Department of Grand’ Anse, represents the first step in organizing the cocoa value chain in to improve access to market.  With the activities of the project scheduled to begin in January 2014, the enthusiasm of the participants suggests that the expectations are high, the synergy guaranteed, and the results promising. 


DASH Forward: Sustainable and Affordable Healthcare Solutions for Low Income People

By Nara Meli

Last week the MIF approved a project to support DASH, a Haitian NGO extending healthcare to low-income people – earning $5 to $10 a day – working in the formal and informal sector. A few months ago, I mentioned some of the challenges in low-cost healthcare provision, so let’s take a look at how this project helps address them. 

A good start at a water kiosk in rural Haiti

By Nara Meli

A few months ago, the Leopard Haiti Fund made its first investment in Dlo Haiti, a private provider of drinking water, working in underserved areas in Haiti. Dlo’s plan is to establish some 300 kiosks throughout Haiti, serving more than 1 million consumers and creating over 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Following the investment, Dlo turned to Mahotte, Saintard, and Luly, a cluster of neighboring coastal towns in the Ouest department of Haiti. Until now, these communities have been relying on a delivery system, where trucks transport water from the capital. Not a very efficient method, as these communities can be between 1.30 – 2 hours from Port-au-Prince. The water “kiosk” – operated by Dlo Haiti under the brand name “Ovive” – functions as a small factory, staffed by locals and providing a local product for the local population.