beginning of the story... Then, after the 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, I witnessed and lived among thousands of destroyed homes, businesses, and hopes. Two hundred thousand dead, millions left with nothing. Through this, I came to understand the crucial role that small businesses play in Haitian life. And it became clear to me that independent sustainable business skills will play a critical role in the survival of many small to medium sized business leaders. Currently, a full 2/3 of the Haitian population depends on small independent businesses as the center of economic and social activity. The earthquake’s aftermath left an already desperately poor country with a devastated economy and support infrastructure, staggering unemployment and a decimated small business sector. To survive was no longer enough for me. I vowed to create a socially responsible organization for my home country, that will help change the paradigm for small business owners. It has been often said that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Therefore, I have established FormatAide in order to provide small business owners in Haiti with the skills, tools and support they will need to become independent, self-sustaining and successful.
FormatAide is the combination of two words from French and Haitian Creole, which means Help (Aide) and Training (Formation). FormatAide seeks to provide education opportunities to different sectors of Haiti’s society to lead to sustainable change. FormatAide believes that training Haitian people is the essence of Haiti’s recovery. FormatAide’s mission is to contribute in the reconstruction of Haiti’s economy by investing in education, training and breakthrough ideas. Our vision is that one day; all haitians will have the skills they need to take care of their families and their communities.