Three PADF grantees are finalists for Digicel Haiti’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Each finalist received funding through the LEAD program funded by the United States Agency for International Development. Implemented by PADF, the program supports business development in order to create sustainable jobs and promote economic growth in Haiti.
- In the Agriculture and Environment category, Yves Laurent is a finalist for his Port-au-Prince based cocoa business, SOGEPA.
- Katleen Jeanty is a finalist in the Emerging Business category for Madan Belfwi, a network of shops selling fruit-based smoothies and treats.
- For Industry, entrepreneur Yve-Car Momperrouse was shortlisted for her organic cosmetics business, Kreyol Essence.
In order to win the award, entrepreneurs must demonstrate leadership, creativity and integrity and “instill a culture of corporate social responsibility” and “be committed to creating a better Haiti for all.”
"I want to continue to create jobs and leave my mark in life," Katleen Jeanty told PADF at the LEAD Expo last summer.
“Most of what is seen on the news is negative about Haiti,” Yve-Car Momperousse told PADF in an interview. “Every time I read an article about a country deporting Haitians, it reminds me how important economic development is for Haiti. I want to make Haiti a place its citizens want to come home to when others push them out.”
To date, LEAD project has funded 31 enterprises and leveraged over $10 million USD in private capital. The program has provided training and technical assistance to more than 100 enterprises, and created to date 9,000 direct and indirect jobs across the Port-au-Prince, St. Marc, and Cap-Haitian corridors. LEAD, which stands for Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investments, has been extended through early 2017.
For more about LEAD entrepreneurs, download the brochure.