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.

MIF launches project to revive cocoa value chain in Haiti

Por 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

Por 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

Por 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.

Engaging the Haitian private sector in climate change resilience: Why communication matters

Por Jempsy Fils-Aimé

Last month, I participated in a Climate Change (CC) mission organized by the IDB’s Climate Change and Sustainability Division and the MIF. Our mission’ objective was to initiate a proactive discussion with the local private sector to explore options for their participation in two adaptation programs:

  1. The climate resilience concessional loans pilot program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs); and
  2. The MIF’s PRODAPT facility.

How to do business in Haiti? Invest in women and in partnerships

Por Nara Meli

A few days ago, I attended the 4th Annual Haiti Business Investment Expo and Conference, here in Washington, D.C.

There was a large Haitian turnout among the participants: The Expo hosted no less than 48 Haitian businesses and associations, providing networking opportunities for the participants between the discussion sessions. Other NGOs, enterprises, financial institutions and donors also participated on panels such as “registering a business in Haiti”, “Haiti’s investment opportunities”, and “partnering to grow the manufacturing and textiles industry”.