Seven years ago, due to the generous contribution of a major donor, we were able to launch the Biblical Entrepreneurship program in the nation of Haiti. Though we have been able to make some impact, there is still much to be done. As you may be aware, since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and after over $13 billion of investment, very little has changed in Haiti because of a lack of emphasis on ethics, entrepreneurship, and job creation.
Though the Biblical Entrepreneurship Haiti team has been able to train several hundred entrepreneurs and even produce an international business plan competition winner, they desperately need our help to stabilize their program and make it a permanent viable institution in Haiti. According to Haitian born Daniel Jean Louis, the author From Aid to Trade, “Foreign Aid in itself and in the present format does not benefit the poor and needy countries. After corruption and political instability, foreign aid is one of the problems of recipient countries. To help balance the equations, or bridge the gap, donor countries need to make sure that while they want to help recipient countries, they must not sideline local businesses and entrepreneurs. Donor countries must help in building the foundations for these local entrepreneurs to grow. They must make sure that the already weak local businesses are not choked out by the aid.”