Haiti’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are essential to the country’s economic development. SMEs, however, have difficulty accessing financing, limiting their ability to grow. In addition, Haiti’s development depends on effective social enterprises, which also struggle for funding. To facilitate access to capital, LEAD provides matching grants to leverage investment in both SMEs and social enterprises. In addition to matching grants, LEAD provides technical assistance through local business service providers to support business plan development and enterprise management, so that target enterprises can attract capital, grow, create jobs and generate income.
LEAD also works to build the capacity of key stakeholders and intermediaries, such as government agencies, business associations, business service providers and social enterprise funds. In addition, LEAD works with the Haitian diaspora in the United States and elsewhere to encourage participation in both its matching grant programs to increase the development impact of remittances and other investment flows to Haiti. LEAD operates in the 3 USG priority corridors: Cap‐Haïtien, Saint‐Marc, and Port‐au‐Prince.
|Location||Latin America and Caribbean, Haiti|