BGM Haiti is about building communities that are economically sustainable by the Haitian people. We are developing communities where people have the means, opportunity, and training to provide for their own families. This environment lays the groundwork for a viable economy where jobs and services are created and where individuals are trained for these jobs. The economic impact in our region has been substantial since we began work there, and we continue to develop educational processes and new businesses that put people to work.
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BGM has purchased many goods and services in Haiti and hired and trained many workers. We currently have 80 full-time Haitian employees, all of whom have direct deposit payroll accounts at a Haitian lending institution. We also temporarily employ 100s of othersand have weekly markets at both Hope Center locations where Haitians sell souvenirs to visiting mission teams.
…with Established Haitian businesses
From the beginning of our work in Haiti, we assisted in the development of a Haitian owned and operated construction company, Hanebutech-Construction. We have established a long-term partnership with this company and its owner, Jacques. Jacques employs up to 30 Haitians and buys all of his materials in Haiti. His company has constructed all BGM structures – over 100 homes, two churches, clinics, an orphanage and dorms for visiting teams. Through this process we have also developed a partnership with the Auburn University School of Building Science and Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors to work with Hanebutech-Construction Company to develop and expand the business.
In addition, we assisted in the opening of a small restaurant and store next to the Hope Center in Galette Chambon where meals and drinks are sold. In 2015, we improved this business by building a new building on the same site.
BGM partners with teams of university students that go twice a year to teach basic entrepreneur skills. Because developing businesses require a meeting place for learning and collaborative thinking, BGM recently built this Business Development Center. This center will serve as a hub of critical and strategic thinking to launch businesses that support BGM’s sustainability model for community development.
…with new Haitian led businesses
BGM is facilitating the development of new Haitian led businessses such as:
• The Community Garden – BGM provides the
land and irrigation, and we share the revenue with the Haitians that produce and sell
• Waka Waka – Motorcycle and Bicycle parts store
• NRH Koud – Textile and Sewing Manufacturer
• Public Water Utility – Services 47 houses in Galette Chambon
• Denier Mot Bookkeeping – Provides accounting services, by contract, to all BGM developing businesses
• Arly Business Services – Provides copy, print, cell, laminating, and computer services
• Bed Building by Duner – by contract to build beds
• Pending New Businesses – Bakery, Salon, Thoman Barber Shop
…through collaborative partnerships with US companies
BGM is developing business contracts between the Haitian led business, NRH Koud, and companies in the US:
• Dot Products: to make pencil bags and keychain wallets to be sold in the U.S.
• FeatherLite Outdoors: to make hammock chairs.