Building Cooperatives in Haiti: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Sometimes it has been said by Marxists that socialist experiments need to have a certain material base in wealth in order to be successful. But in Haiti, five years after their devastating earthquake, poor workers outside of the industrialization process are building agricultural cooperatives. With the aid of Development and Peace funding, they will have $3M to spend to create a dozen cooperative enterprises.

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“Our Haitian chickens are cheaper than those from elsewhere. Merchants are able to make more profits, which allows them to send their children to school… It’s a win-win situation for everyone, and our spending power increases.”

Adonis Medjine, inspector, Bon Poul S.A.

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