Haiti needs social enterprises. Haiti has many challenges that range from vulnerability to natural disaster to water sanitation issues. Our founder, Josh Goralski, has spent extensive time in Haiti and has come to understand that what Haitians want is simple: an improved quality of life and to address fundamental needs that are merely at a level of basic human rights. And more specifically, many people in Haiti want to find ways to help themselves.
Challenges in Haiti
- Environment: Haiti is vulnerable to natural disasters, has overpopulated communities, lacks natural resource protection, and is the home to the largest city with no sewer system.
- Economy: Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 2/3 of Haitians living in poverty.
- Employment: Average annual income per capita in Haiti is approximately $729 with 13% unemployment and high underemployment.
- Education: The Haitian youth literacy rate is 70-75% while Secondary School participation is under 30%.
- Infrastructure: Persistent underinvestment and environmental damage have led to poor infrastructure in Haiti.
- Housing: Haiti has a persistent housing deficit.
- Health: Haiti has a high infant mortality rate of 51/1000 and life expectancy is 63.
- Food: 38% of Haitians are food insecure.
- Water: 51.1% of Haitians lack access to water and sanitation.
There are many ways to get involved, from donating, volunteering, corporate involvement, and spreading the word!