The grants, loans, and equity investments the Fund made serve as seeds of economic progress that will continue to germinate after the Fund closes. To date, the Fund’s programs have sustained or created 7,350 jobs, trained 20,050 people, and affected more than 311,000 lives, from at-risk youth to farmers to entrepreneurs to doctors.
“We are ready to step back and bear witness as Haitians take control of their own rebuilding. Any successes we have had are not ours, but the Haitian people’s,” said Clinton Bush Haiti Fund CEO Gary Edson.
The Fund focused its efforts in four key areas: revitalizing microfinance institutions, connecting small and growing businesses with access to financing and business development services, building human capital through workforce training, and responding to critical unmet needs. These programs span a variety of sectors, ranging from agriculture to micro and small businesses to artisan crafts.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s final grants are empowering diverse populations throughout the country.
The Fund also committed a $731,130 grant to Family Health Ministries to support screenings for cervical cancer prevention. Through the program, Family Health Ministries will screen an additional 10,000 women for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of the highly preventable disease. With approximately 35% of women in Haiti infected with HPV, the grant is expected to save more than 600 lives and create 30 jobs.
The Fund made a $250,000 grant to support the Caribbean Harvest Foundation as it constructs and equips a fish processing plant in Croix-des-Bouquets. Caribbean Harvest will sell the fish to local hotels, restaurants, and shops while employing 60 Haitian workers and benefiting more than 350 fish farming families in rural Haiti.
The Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank is contributing $600,000 to this project to provide technical assistance for the cooks once construction is complete.