The Ouanaminthe Social Innovation and Impact Consortium (OSIIC) is an initiative launched by a team of Ashoka Fellows, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Ashoka in August 2012. OSIIC is led by Ashoka Fellow Greg Van Kirk, co-founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, and receives strategic and financial support from the International Finance Corporation and Ashoka. Its principal objective is to empower and support entrepreneurs and organizations from Ouanaminthe so that they can more effectively address major challenges within their community. This local network locally implements and adapts proven innovations from other Ashoka Fellows from around the world.
- Poverty is often a symptom, not the cause. People need access to opportunities and know-how, not hand outs.
- Proven, scalable innovations from around the world can be essential for catalyzing the reach and impact of local organizations.
- Sustained impact is best reached by building upon local leadership and infrastructure.
OSIIC / Solisyon Kominote Yo collaborates with and supports 30+ local organizations – schools, companies, youth organizations, and community groups. This network of organizations has directly impacted more than 35,000 people and has generated US$1,000,000 in net economic value (savings and new earnings). Daily operations are managed by Solisyon Kominote Yo; this organization grew from OSIIC and has just recently been registered. Solisyon Kominote Yo is led by a local team of entrepreneurs representing several organizations.
Solisyon Kominote Yo is committed to provide access to life changing solutions to communities in Haiti. Currently, the organization is present in North East department of Haiti, with representatives in more than 50 communities. In the same time Solisyon Kominote Yo is a sister enterprise of Soluciones Comunitarias which operates in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Dominican Republic.
Here is how it all started: