Haiti

Fueled by Prize Money, These Social Entrepreneurs Are Striking at the Root of Poverty, with Leeore Levinstein and Jesse Abelson, Vetiver Solutions

Vetiver Solutions is a for-profit social business that is alleviating poverty and malnutrition for subsistence farmers in Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere. 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty. Two out of three live on less than $2 per day. 100,000 Haitian children are acutely malnourished. Jesse Abelson first started traveling to Haiti in 2013 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with Project Medishare. Between 2013 and 2016, he traveled there five times. “After seeing countless deaths due to poverty and malnutrition, I decided that I wanted to work to tackle the problem at the root,” Jesse explains. “There is only so much I can…

Read More

123, Allison Archambault, EarthSpark International | Solving Energy Poverty through Innovation

EarthSpark International is working to eradicate energy poverty. Energy poverty is the cycle of poverty that exist when people don’t have access to modern fuels, especially electricity. More than a billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. And even more people do not have access to reliable electricity. For many of these people, they spend a very large portion of their income on energy services such as kerosene, candles, batteries and cell phone charging services. EarthSpark International researches and develops business models that can spin-off and scale to address specific aspects of energy poverty. EarthSpark provides a pre-pay microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti. They serve over 2000 people…

Read More

079, Nedgine Paul, Anseye Pou Ayiti | Listening as Leadership

Listening is a key strength of Nedgine Paul. Before launching Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti), she spent more than three years actively listening to her native Haiti. The result of her listening is a highly contextualized solution that turns teachers into community builders. Anseye Pou Ayiti recruits, trains, and supports high-quality teachers where they are needed most. Over the years there have been many stories told of Haiti, from conquest to coups; from corruption to catastrophe. Anseye Pou Ayiti is creating a new narrative of Haiti, one of a capable nation rebuilding itself; one of pride in culture, customs and community. And it all began with listening. Social Entrepreneurship…

Read More

079, Nedgine Paul, Anseye Pou Ayiti | Listening as Leadership

024, Tanyella Evans, Library For All | Feeding Great Minds in Low-Income Countries

Tanyella Evans grew up in the highlands of Scotland, which she describes as “the middle of nowhere.” At age 16 she received a scholarship to study at a United World College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. There she learned alongside two hundred students from eighty eight countries. At age 17, the United World College sponsored her on a one-year trip to Uganda as a volunteer teacher. There she saw the difference that an education can make to an eager mind. Globally, five of the six billion mobile phone subscribers live in the developing world. At the same time, 250 million children cannot read and write. Library for All is building a…

Read More

024, Tanyella Evans, Library For All | Feeding Great Minds in Low-Income Countries