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Name: Community Empowerment Solutions & Social Entrepreneur Corps
About: Community Empowerment Solutions (CES) is a social impact innovation incubator and implementation organization. CES was established with the goal of empowering businesses and organizations to make a difference in their communities. Through Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC), we work with universities and young professionals to contribute and further this work. Learn more here.
Support: Community Empowerment Solutions began the initiative in Haiti and has provided on-going support to the local team.
Name: International Finance Corporation (IFC)
About: IFC blends investment with advice to help the private sector find solutions to today’s greatest development challenges. IFC provides both immediate and long-term financing and combines it with advice that helps companies grow quickly and sustainable. Learn more here.
Support: IFC has provided financial support for our work in Haiti in projects related to agriculture.
Name: The UNDP Small Grants Progamme
About: The UNDP Small Grants Programme supports community-based organizations and their projects related to climate change. Learn more here.
Support: The UNDP Small Grants Programme is supporting Solkomyo to build climate-resilient practices. This work support agricultural development, entrepreneurship, and solar energy distribution in the northeast of Haiti.
About: Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Learn more here.
Support: Ashoka has provided ongoing strategic support and connections with investors for our work in Haiti from the beginning.
Name: Levi Strauss Foundation (LSF)
About: Levi Strauss & Co. is committed to supporting and educating communities across the globe by building stronger relationships through funding, volunteering and education for a better, healthier and more sustainable world. We’ve been collaborating on Improving Worker Well-Being initiative for apparel workers in the community of Ouanaminthe where some of the products are made. Learn more here.
Support: Levi Strauss Foundation has provided continuous financial support for our work in Haiti.
Centro Puente aims to foster harmonious relationships between communities on the northern border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Based in Dajabon on the Dominican side, Centro Puente provides capacity-building in both financial management and entrepreneurship for Haitian and Dominican entrepreneurs. The organization also works with at-risk and vulnerable youth. Read more.
CODEVI is a division of Grupo M, a textiles company from the Dominican Republic founded in 1986. CODEVI is located in Ouanaminthe, Haiti on the border with the Dominican Republic. It employs 6,500 people and impacts indirectly over 32,000 people. Grupo M is a supplier to major US brand name companies including: Liz Claiborne, Polo, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Dockers, among others.Read more.
College Eureka is an educational institution welcoming 1,200 students from secondary school, primary school and kindergarten in Ouanaminthe. The school was originally just an elementary school, but it expanded its scope due to the immigrants’ waves to Ouanaminthe after the earthquake. The institution was started based on the principal’s resources only.
Hermanas de San Juan originally founded in 1932 in Colombia, delivers a wide range of services to working adults, primarily women, and vulnerable youth populations. They provide refuge for and assistance to human trafficking victims, run a community pharmacy and a community kitchen for street children, and help organize self-help banking groups that benefit women entrepreneurs. Read more.
REZO Fanm Artisan network of craftswomen (Rezo Fwontalye Fanm Atizan Yo) is a cooperative organization of 80 women from Haiti and Dominican Republic. Since 2005, those women create crafts such as jewelry, bags or baskets with natural raw material. Those products are made in a traditional way, and sold under the name Atizana DOMAY.Read more.
Union des jeunes pour l’avancement du nord-est (UJANE) is a network of 15 neighborhood youth organizations from several areas in and around Ouanaminthe. Each group has 30-35 young members. Read more.
Univers Institution offers academic and vocational education for children and adults, provides health care, and carries out economic development projects. Founded as a school, Univers has now 2,200 students, from pre-school through high school, and 100 teachers. It also provides vocational training to adults. The focus of Univers has later expanded to deliver basic health care at its clinic and create economic opportunities. Read more.
Warby Parker is an innovative eyewear company that was conceived as an alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available today. Through its Buy a Pair, Give a Pair business model, for every pair of glasses Warby Parker sells, it provides a pair to someone in need. Warby Parker has donated 2500 pairs of near vision glasses to Community Enterprise Solutions through its Buy a Pair, Give a Pair business model. Learn more here.
Columbia Sportswear focuses on outdoor education and conservation, they are also a member of the global community and dedicated to being a responsible neighbor on a local, regional, and global level. Columbia Sportswear has provided financial support for our work on Improving Workers Well-Being. Learn more here.
Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame believes that social entrepreneurship means more than just well-intentioned philanthropy. It provides a vital link between economic AND social value. The Center’s goal is to outfit the social entrepreneur with the business knowledge and strong social mission needed for success. Community Empowerment Solutions has partnered with the Gigot Center to launch its new MicroVenturing Model.Learn more here.
Agro Action Aleman has been fighting against global hunger and for sustainable food security for 50 years. Based in Germany, AAA is present in South America, Africa and Asia and implemented its operations in in Haiti in 1974, mainly in rural areas.Read more.
Caritas Fort Liberté is a CARITAS organization. CARITAS is an international catholic institution implanted in the North-East department, working in social development. The organization has set up community pharmacies and supported houses building projects. It has also been working on cholera prevention and elderly care. Read more.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.Founded in 1943, the organization is working in 91 countries and reaching more than 100 million people by bringing innovative solutions to tough problems like poverty, hunger, drought, disease and emergencies. Read more.
Le Volontariat pour le Développement d’Haïti (VDH) focuses on youth programs covering languages, communication, entrepreneurship, leadership, IT, dance, theater, and ceramics. Educational activities are organized in partnership with schools and other local organizations. Every year more than one hundred participants (youth, parents, and teachers) convene to facilitate dialogue and awareness about critical social issues. Read more.
Quisqueya University was set up in Port-au-Prince in October 1990, in a particularly unfavorable political context. Quisqueya wants to prepare the Haitian youth to the economic and social development tasks ahead. Its 2,200 students benefit from favorable working conditions and attractive opportunities after graduation. Read more.