Haiti Partners was founded in 2009 by John Engle and Kent Annan to help Haitians change Haiti through education. Several of our core Haitian and American staff have been collaborating for more than a dozen years to develop the core programs and approach of our work. They draw on their experience as they keep pushing ahead toward their vision.
Since 2013 they have helped develop three social businesses: a bakery and two poultry farms. The bakery opened in the fall of 2014 and supports operations at the Children’s Academy. The first poultry farm opened on La Gonave in December of 2013 and supports their partner school in Bèl Platon. The other is in Leogane and supports their four schools there.
Haiti Partners has partnered with Yunus Social Business, which was founded by the father of the microfinance movement and Nobel laureate, Muhammed Yunus. Through this partnership, they guide their school partners through the process of creating their own social businesses.
These medium-sized enterprises address local market needs while generating revenue for the schools and putting them on the road to financial independence. In the process, their Haitian colleagues cultivate their entrepreneurship and business skills. Their strategic objective for this Entrepreneurship program is to create successful social businesses and cultivate entrepreneurship and business skills.
They develop schools that help children realize their potential while driving community development and lifelong learning. They currently run one school of their own and they partner with six more, enabling students to attend school without absorbent costs.