One of LEAD’s key objectives is to promote impactful Diaspora investments in Haiti. LEAD has funded 9 enterprises that are Diaspora-led, and continues to support these enterprises with ongoing technical assistance on issues such as access to markets, product development, and environmental management.
LEAD has organized, through partnerships with Diaspora-based organizations such as the Haitian Hometown Associations Resource Group (HHTARG) and the Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA), many roadshows in key U.S. cities such as Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. These roadshows were used to promote the Business Plan Competition, encourage investments in Haiti, and engage the Diaspora to understand how remittances could be leveraged to support private enterprise development.
In the fall of 2014, LEAD and the HHTARG launched an online survey to members of various Haitian hometown associations throughout the world seeking to understand the barriers to investment. The results of the survey and policy recommendations will be available here at a later date.