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Haiti HIFIVE Program Video

For the past five years, the USAID-funded HIFIVE project has been working to transform the agricultural finance sector in Haiti and expand financial inclusion through the use of technology. A catalyst and a facilitator, HIFIVE has supported 65 credit unions, microfinance institutions, and commercial and development banks to develop sustainable financial products and solutions to meet the diverse needs of Haiti’s agricultural value chains, enterprises and people.

HIFIVE Success Story: Leveraging ICT to Improve Access to Financial Services

USAID’s HIFIVE program, led by WOCCU and FHI 360, has partnered with caisse populaire SOCOLAVIM to support the credit union to tackle critical barriers to expanding access to finance in the Artibonite department of Haiti.  This success story explores how SOCOLAVIM with the support of HIFIVE was able to interconnect all of SOCOLAVIM’s branches by investing in information and communication technology (ICT).

Linking Small Producers with Export Firms: Market and Enterprise Development in Haiti's Central Plateau

Mangos are Haiti’s largest agricultural export, topping over $10 million in sales per year. Not surprisingly, exporters prefer to work with suppliers who can provide large volumes of mangos at consistent quality. This preference makes it difficult for small producers to participate in the lucrative mango export market. Individually, “very poor” producers in Haiti’s Central Plateau do not produce mangos at a large enough volume to supply exporters directly. Thus, market limitations have a prohibitive effect on the income of very poor producers.

Agro-Ecological Finance: A Win-Win for Thiotte, Haiti

The Cooperative of Planters of Coffee from the District of Belle-Anse-Thiotte (COOPCAB) in rural Haiti were able to improve their exports both in quantity and quality after receiving a loan that was made possible by a grant from the HIFIVE project to two local financial institutions. With support from these financial institutions, COOPCAB was able to dramatically increase exports and achieve positive results in international markets.  

Handmade in Haiti: The Perspective of Global Buyers

Industry experts discuss where the market opportunities are for Haitian handicrafts, the realities of the supply chain, suggestions for product development and competitive strategies, and the importance of agents in distribution.

YFS-Link Video: Lara Storm-Swire, Pro Mujer, Bolivia

A Microfinance practitioner highlights the challenges faced by Pro Mujer’s Youth Solidarity Group program in Bolivia, which offers credit to young people by inserting groups of 4-6 youth into existing Pro Mujer adult communal banks.