Micro-Business Direct Donate in Haiti

Maybe this is an idea to direct donate, which could really change the world. One person could come to Haiti and do this in one-month, then leave, all the money could go directly to a good cause.

There are too many organizations collecting donations. 90-95 percent of the money donated is used to support the organizations, they never solve the problems. I always am tossing ideas around in my head, trying to come up with a long-term sustainable solutions to human misery or mischief.

There is an old man who limps, walks up and down the street here; his job is to clean the trash around the school across the street. I see him limp-drag barrels and boxes of trash somewhere up the hill, this is not one of them I-am-enthused-with-the-human-spirit moments. He should be retired, sitting somewhere looking at them children in school, not working for the school.

I found this man sitting in front of the market in Petit Goave, see how he has no shoes. A child without shoes is normal, nothing to get excited about. However, when adults do not have shoes, this is the telltale sign of a more serious problem.

Misery and Mischief

This man above may have misery; I am sure the majority of Non-Profits represent mischief.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Sunday, December 20, 2009
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
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Being a Direct Case Worker

I seldom give money; however, there are times, when I am positive a person needs help. I stopped giving coins, I will give 1-5 dollars, enough to make a difference for one day, and I hope to give them one-day reprieve from worry.

I am the caseworker for a day, like the trustee in Stueben Country, in the state of Indiana, USA who makes a decision, does this person need help. My grandfather, then my grandmother did this job for my hometown, she knew the village, and could give money. She knew the village of Orland, Indiana; it was hard to baffle my grandparents.

As a direct caseworker, I am 100 percent sure, this man is nuts. I stood in one place, I waited for him to pass, and he is naked, talking to himself. The bottom line, he is barefoot, he is naked, he is talking to himself, and the worst, and he is so crazy he does not ask for money.

Yes, I can give these people 25 dollars and buy them a one-day reprieve.

What the world needs is jobs.

There are four major poverty problems in the world:

1. Jobs, there are not enough jobs.

2. Stupidity, the people all do the same job, here in Haiti, everyone is selling water in the streets.

3. Corruption, there is enough donations to save the planet, there is no shortage of money, and it never makes it directly to the people.

4. So-What Solutions - If you feed an orphan, it does not solve anything, it just makes another mouth to feed, and the problem gets bigger, it is not a solution. (A great way to make money.)

There are too many people selling the same products. There are three people in this photo with food on their head.

These photos are a dime a dozen, I could take them by the hundreds. This is an example of a business that has saturated the market here in Haiti. There are too many people selling the same products in the streets. If you think this is silly, the number of people selling water is 10 times worst, there are at least 30 people selling bags of water on the one block where I am presently located.

Where is the Hobo? I am on Rue Lamarre, in Port-au-Prince; I am staying at the Executif Inn, a small Hotel that specializes in two-hour room rental, a.k.a “Love Hotel.” This is not prostitution is a boyfriend, girlfriend thing, you know,
“Get a room.”

Why the Map?
I am writing this, because without a specific location, I believe you for sure should not donate. There is a need for who, when, where, what, why, and how. I had a person on the prior post to this one say, come visit. I got on the page; I have yet to find out where? The address should have been in the comment, with a phone number, or I tend to think, just another donation scam. Sounds good at first glance, missing true substance…

I do not want donations, I am making a point, do not donate to anonymous locations or people.

This man squeezes the Oranges stored in the bottom, puts it in a glass, adds some ice, gives you a straw, when people stop buying, he rides the bike thing to a different location. I have to hunt for these Orange Juice stands here in Haiti. I can buy a liter in the store for about 2 dollars, but for 50 cents, I can buy fresh squeezed, and no question, it is real, it is not sugar water.

There is a shortage of this micro-business set up in Haiti. While an oversupply of people walking around with food on their heads. There is no shortage of food in Haiti, the money is not distributed properly, some have, others do not, some need money, and others have too much.

What do you think?
How much does this baby cost to make? 100, 200 Dollars, maybe 300 without a hassle.

What the world needs is a redistribution of good ideas, it could be called micro-entrepreneurship, but in reality, there is just one entrepreneur and then 1000’s could copy. There are communities where there are too many juice stands.

I was thinking, maybe a person could have 5-10 of them made, then sell them for 25 dollars. This is a way to redistribute the wealth, however more important, a way to redistribute the good ideas. I see great ideas in Asia, great ideas in Africa, great ideas in the USA, but they are not shared.

Sharing of micro-entrepreneur ideas, micro-finance does not work en masse. Nevertheless, micro-business solutions could be sold at a loss. Jobs is the solution to poverty, subsistence farming was 100 percent employment, now we have an oversupply of merchants selling the exact same products.

Maybe the idea is this, make 5 Orange Juice stands, put up a sign to sell them, 1000 Gourde, or 25 Dollars, help distribute the wealth and jobs of Haiti, this could work.

Micro-Business Direct Donate in Haiti


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I think it can work also.

To me micro-finance is where a person is putting money at risk, and gets rewarded if it succeeds and conversely looses his money if it fails. What you are proposing would work just the same, however it sounds more like charity delivered and administered at the local level. Which to my mind is the only way charity ever actually works.

I don't see why it can't be a win-win arrangement between the entrepreneur/micro-financier benefactor and the person on the street who is willing to work and is trustworthy. Whereby the person with the ideas and money helps the local to get the enterprise going and receives a portion of the profits until he/she is paid back, plus a fair amount of interest or an agreed upon fee.

After that, the local worker can continue the business, keep all the profits and earn a living, and the entrepreneur can move on to the next idea(s). They enable one another. Win-Win.

In addition, you would have a trickle down benefit. in the case of the orange juice guy, he needs suppliers of oranges right?

As for the destitute, take it a step further. It's possible that if enough businesses and jobs are created, then the locals could possibly provide charity to the local homeless themselves and eliminate the need for donations from far off lands and organizations. No waste.

Just my two cents.



Social entrepreneur, interesting.
thanks for the link.


Eric your 2 cents is always worth a dollar.

Maybe it can be coupled with micro-finance.

The big problem is to choose micro-business ventures that are really needed. Real entrepreneus need to choose, not just soft hearted people. Obviously only a few people see opportunity on a cross global international level as entrepreneurs..

Maybe I will take 500 dollars and try. Criollo is a difficult language.

This is a really good post, thanks. In my opinion its lack of skill more than stupidity. The thing that impresses me about india is the skill level even in the poor neighborhoods. You see metalsmiths, potters, weavers, etc. Your criticism of their hygiene is true, but overlooks the valuable skillset they possess. That lack of skills is really what haunts the poor in the caribbean, hence all the people selling water bags. That doesn't require any skills, metallurgy does. Anyhow, I hope to read more about this project of yours. Good luck.


Haiti has casinos and lottery. as do most countries.

last time I was in the Dominican Republic the local asked for china juice when ordering orange juice.
I asked why and he said that the oranges come from China.

also, one guy wanted to buy my shirt and asked how much I paid for it. He told me he could buy a shirt for one dollar. Explaining that they would get barrels of church donated clothes and resale them. Kind of like when the UN give rice to poor nations and gangs steal the rice for resale.

When I was in dajabon, At night the Hatians play games of chance, using homemade bottle lamps for light. I was shocked to see people so poor still willing to spend money on alcohol and gambling.
It was also funny when the Domican millatary would roundup a few illegal Hatiains . It was done in a casual , everyday manner . Which it must be because the were so many illegals still walking around.

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