Christian Haitian Entrepreneurial Society #CHES
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Is To educate, to mentor and to fund entrepreneurs in rural Haiti.
CHES (Christian Haitian Entrepreneurial Society), Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization founded in June 2008. The organization is based in Massachusetts. It has a branch on the ground in Limbe, Northern Haiti. The organization is mainly comprised of dedicated volunteers, which include a number of Haitian and Haitian-American business professionals who have diverse knowledge and skillsets. CHES supports long-term economic stability in rural Haiti through its mission to educate, to mentor, and to fund entrepreneurs.
Our vision is to see Haitians in Haiti living with dignity and free of poverty through economic development and education. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere with 80% of the population living beneath the poverty line and 54% living in abject poverty; the unemployment rate is approximately 40% (CIA World Fact book). CHES hopes to increase employment in Haiti, and decrease the economic disparities that exist today by providing the necessary resources and information to aspiring entrepreneurs in rural Haiti.
Since inception, we have nimbly leveraged our vast network of deep relationships, our resourcefulness, and our ingenuity to stretch our few dollars of revenue into maximum impact. We are proud to report that we funded a women-owned business, a food depot that sells 100% natural Haitian-grown produce, which boasted a 29% asset turnover ratio in its first year of operation. Small business-owners in rural Haiti who have undergone or stand-alone business education program have reported 88% content utilization and 100% increased profitability. We utilize kreyòl, the prevalent language spoken in Haiti, in all workshops and documents. We work with local partners and staff on the ground to ensure success of our programming.