Intelligence and ability are equally distributed throughout the world, but access to economic opportunity is not. Roughly three-quarters of Haitians are either unemployed or trying to make ends meet in the informal economy, and 75% of Haiti’s people live in abject poverty. For the entrepreneurs and businesses that do operate in Haiti, access to financing and start-up funding is extremely difficult to obtain thanks to Haiti’s economic situation.

In order to reduce inequality and promote Haitian economic development in building an inclusive and cohesive society, Hope for Haiti invests in social entrepreneurs and businesses by making loans and grants.  We believe that a well-established social entrepreneurship program in Haiti helps to enhance its sustainable development programs and create more jobs not only for youth but also for other marginalized populations around the country.

Our economic development investments are targeted to support the social and economic development of education, healthcare, sustainable agriculture, technology, renewable energy, gender equality, and eco-tourism.

Program Areas

Haiti Economic Development Grants


Hope for Haiti makes grants of up to $30,000 to support social business start-ups and entrepreneurs.

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Haiti Economic Development


Hope for Haiti makes loans of up to $50,000 (up to $100,000 by invitation only) to support social business start-ups and entrepreneurs.

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Haiti Economic Development Micro Loans


Hope for Haiti makes small loans of up to $3,000 to support rural farming cooperatives and rural businesses. Submission of application is by invitation only.

Economy Challenge

Hope for Haiti holds an annual Economy Challenge which invites entrepreneurs working within Hope for Haiti’s core impact areas of Education, Clean Energy & Environment, Food Security, Healthcare & Nutrition, Eco-tourism, and Technology to present their ideas to a panel of judges comprised of Haitian nationals and other Hope for Haiti partners.

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Artisan Fund

In partnership with Vetiver Les Cayes, Hope for Haiti is accepting proposals in response to this Request for Proposal (RFP) in order to find qualified Artisans located in the Sud, Grand Anse, and Nippes Department to receive a grant. Selected proposals will have the opportunity to attend a three (3) day virtual business workshop and one (1) proposal will be awarded $5,000. Submission: Proposals can be submitted to until March 10, 2021.

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Make an impact

Make an impact improving the Haiti economic situation!

  • $5

    Employ a farmer in a partner school garden for one day.

  • $100

    Purchase 20 handmade necklaces from a social business cooperative.

  • $250

    Support a small business training for one entrepreneur.

  • $1,000

    Provide a small business loan to a rural farmer.

  • $2,500

    Support a women’s coop in purchasing livestock.

  • $5,000

    Provide start up funding to a social entrepreneur.

  • $10,000

    Invest in ecotourism and sustainable farming.

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