Doing Business in Haiti - What is your Experience?

You know something? As I talk to some people doing business in Haiti I am getting a different kind of warning... Scary almost... Many people start the conversation with: "Hein! Ou vle fe bisnis an Haiti? Ou granmoun? Fo-w mete granmoun sou ou wi..." Are you doing business in Haiti? Are thinking about it? What's your experience?

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The other countries I've been to, you can rent a place, start a business, and the success and failure of the business depends on your experience as a business person and nothing else...

At home, in Haiti, I am getting the impression that there is another factor... The one people don't like to talk about... If you're Haitian you know what I am talking about.

There is an unspoken fear factor that makes people quit before they even get started.

I understand that many people are afraid of everything and, in Haiti, it is so easy to blame the unknown that you are almost guaranteed to fail in any business if you are the kind of person who believes in the Boogeyman and you dare to try.

But you know what's funny, there businesses, big and small, all over the country. Either these business man and women are not afraid or... "Yo Granmoun" as the average Haitian will say...

What do you think about this?

What advice can you give to a young man or woman in Haiti who is so afraid to do start a business fearing that the competition will eat them alive?

What is your ezperience in doing business in Haiti?

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Randy Chabot says...

I have a contact.

Call me in the US at

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Tacchini says...

Hi, my name is Tacchini, Im a 20 years old student in college studying Fashion Merchandising.

I was born and raised in Pettion-Ville.

I moved in the United States at the age of 13 years old. I have so many goals, but my main one is to open a clothing store in Haiti.

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Woolly Jean says...

How much is it to start a money gram or a western union in haiti?

I already have a place I could rent $2,000 a year.

Konbre kob lap ye pou mwen ouvre a moneygram oswa a western union nan ayiti?

Mwen déjà genyen a lokal map peye $2,000 pou chak ane, mwen vle Konnen konbre lap ye pou mwen ouvre a

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Hans says...

Mwen vle Konnen si mwen ovre a laundromat nan petionvile eske sa ap fe

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Mark says...

I have been trying to do business in Haiti for some months now. I have contacted the Embassy in USA but I have been given any contact in Haiti to even start a dialogue.

I hope someone reading this could tell me how to

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Magalie From Thecaribbean says...

I don't have (yet) any experience in Haiti but i'm an entrepreneur almost since I was born and I don't know any better sensation than doing something that could change lives for better !

If you're like me, you can apply on www.thecaribbeantech.com to meet me in december when I'll be in

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William Jackson says...

I would love to come to Haiti and teach a few classes to the high school students on Social Media, STEAM careers, Marketing and Branding.

There is so much potential in this wonderful country that business owners and educators need to give back and help the future leaders and business leaders.

As an educator teaching Educational Technology and STEAM how can I visit to spend some time to share my knowledge and wisdom?

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Ernst Molin says...

This image is not HAITI but the mere critic or false evidence of a few. Thus, it can not be part of any portrait from the course of doing business in Haiti.

Remember, "BUSINESS IS BUSINESS " and that's it. Thank you! Love you

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Marie Felix says...

Mwen te guin mari'm ki mouri isit nan USA, mwen ak li nou te bati yon kay nan santo 25. li te mete yon frè'l yo te deporte nan kay la.

Ebien, aprè la mort wa, li soti poul pran kay la.

Peyi a pa guin justice ladan'n, sa ou pa jan'm wè nan pays etranger se sa ouap wè Haiti, sa bay moun degoutance min'm pou visite pays yan alevoi pou tal investi nan yon tel pays.

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Patrick Princivil says...

Ah ban-m bay opinion-m nan lang manman-m ak papa-m té fè-m nan.

Diaspora ki gen lajan yo,

nou pè fè biznis an Haïti an tèm ké yap péyé nou an gourde, Américains, Canada ak laFrance, Digicel en Haïti yo pè ranmasé gourde sa yo ké nap méprizé a.

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