It’s no secret that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. However, the various forms of intervention and aid have been confusing and conflicting. Well-intentioned service workers have for years contributed material resources and funded relief only to foster greater dependency upon foreign help and make local communities more vulnerable. Long-term solutions that increase capacity and leverage local assets are critical for economic growth and overcome systemic economic brokenness.
That is why The Haiti Collective is committed to starting new businesses, funding new business ventures, and training emerging entrepreneurs in Haiti. Everywhere churches are planted, businesses need to be started so that the local economy can financially keep families together (formative orphan prevention) and support the work of local churches.
To that end, we were thrilled to have Micah Childs with us this past March to lead a micro-conference on business and work for the glory of God. As an owner/operator of a Chick-fil-a (in Louisville, Kentucky), Micah shared his knowledge and experience owning a business and taught from God’s Word a biblical theology of work, stewardship, and excellence. This was the first of what we hope will be several business training opportunities in the coming years.