Discover Haiti’s Entrepreneurs & Businesses:
Aliette Nelson, owner of Positivite in Torbeck, Haiti
In 2006 with 50 gourdes—a little more than $1—Aliette Nelson started her business, Positivite. She began selling her pies on the streets. Now, she has a bakery along with 100 full- and part-time employees in the Haitian town of Torbeck. She counts area supermarkets and non-government organizations among her regular clients.
“Having a successful, inclusive, innovative business is my biggest dream,” Ms. Nelson said. “I want to be a part of increasing local production in the country, thus, it will give me great pride to have a successful business.”
Positivité, which is the French word for positivity, uses local agricultural products which are purchased directly from Haitian farmers. From 5 a.m. until midnight, the company is churning out foods such as breadfruit flour, corn wine, peanut butter (mamba), candy corn, bread and smoked fish.
“I advise people in the U.S. who want to work with Haitian businesses to be focused,” she said. “The country offers huge business opportunities. Above all, Haiti needs you and your investments to grow.”
“With globalization, no country can survive alone. We all need others to develop. This is true for Haitian businesses. Some need expertise and financial contributions to grow and participate fully in the creation of wealth for the well-being of the community, the country and the world.”
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Discover Haiti’s Entrepreneurs and Businesses, a feature developed by the Embassy of Haiti, introduces readers to the many talents that Haiti offers. The Embassy will regularly highlight Haiti’s entrepreneurs and businesses. Inclusion in this feature does not imply an endorsement of the person, business or service. If you would like to nominate a Haitian entrepreneur for this feature, please submit their name and bio along with your contact information using the comment section of our website feedback form. Thank you for your continued support.